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Pen Box and Inkwell
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Pen Box and Inkwell


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The wish found in the inscription: "Glory, prosperity, wealth, happiness, well-being and abundance" is formally expressed in the engraved decoration by a hexagram, at this time a symbol common to Islam and Christianity as well as Judaism. For Muslims it was associated with the potent sign on Solomon's seal (rather than David's shield), the magical power of whose shape could draw down divine protection.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
ExaminationExamined for display; cleaned
Exhibitions
  • Exhibition of Persian Art. Iranian Institute, New York. 1940.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1917, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Glory, prosperity, wealth, happiness, well-being, and abundance
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1917

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Period
late 12th century
Medium
copper alloy and silver
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.450
Measurements
H: 1 13/16 × W: 11 7/8 × D: 3 1/8 in. (4.6 × 30.2 × 7.9 cm)
Geography
  • Iran, Hamadan (Place of Discovery)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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