Ancient Islamic Persian Khurasan Silver Inlaid Bronze Caligraphy Inkwell Circa 1200

$ 28,000
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SKU C-1242

An important Islamic Khurasan bronze and silver-inlaid inkwell & cover, Eastern Persia, Circa 1200. The inkwell of cylindrical form and having a shallow dome top cover with a tall knopped finial and inlaid with a twin band of scrolled silver. The base of the dome and the rim of the cover having bands on interlaced silver inlay, the inkwell having three loop handles.

The body of the inkwell having two bands of silver inlaid Naskh script, between the bands are twin panels on inlaid silver scrolling foliage, these panels are interrupted with engraved roundels containing silver inlaid birds with anthropomorphic faces, these panels repeating three times around the body. The base of the inkwell have a corresponding engraved roundel containing twin silver inlaid birds, the inkwell is raised on 'teardrop' shaped feet.

This inkwell came from a very prominent Middle Eastern collection, please see a similar inkwell housed in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and two more such inkwells housed in the David Collection.


7.25 inches high × 4.75 inches wide × 4.75 inches deep


18.5 cm high × 12 cm wide x 12 cm deep

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