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Penholder ("kalam") and Reed Pen

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description This pen ("kalam") holder is part of the writing set inside of the pen box (Walters 51.78) that is contained in the Ottoman rifle (Walters 51.84) which belongs to the so-called "Turkish Hunting Set." The piece is studded with rubies and emeralds and has an all-over floral design spiraling from the top to the bottom. The pen's reed nib is inserted at one end and the other is capped with a bezel set emerald.

Examined and cleaned in preparation for exhibition.

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969TreatmentExamined, cleaned.
12/31/1969ExaminationExamined and cleaned in preparation for exhibition.
  • Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
  • The Art of Writing Instruments from Paris to Persia. 2011.
Provenance Owned by R. S. Pardo, Constantinople. Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1903; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903

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18th century
gilded metal, reed tip, emeralds, rubies (or spinels)
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
L: 5 5/8 x Diam: 3/8 in. (14.29 x 0.95 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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