Description The sides of this pen case and cover are pierced for a suspension strap so that it could be used to transport quill pens, which tended to be messy. Two unidentified coats of arms are embossed on its exterior. Below one is the inscription, "alta petit" ("he seeks lofty things"), and the other reads, "humilitas" ("humility"). The decoration was embossed in the leather after it was boiled to make it malleable.
Provenance Edwin R. Lubin Works of Art,New York; Walters Art Museum, 1986, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Transcription] alta petit; [Translation] he seeks lofty things; [Transcription] humilitas; [Translation] humility
Credit Museum purchase, 1986
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