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Pen Case

Date:
15th–16th century
Culture:
Eastern Tibet, Derge
Medium:
Iron inlaid with gold
Dimensions:
H. 13 3/8 in. (33.8 cm); W. 1 1/4 in. (3.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Gift of Shirley Day, in memory of Anthony Gardner, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.257.1
Not on view
This gilt-steel container for writing instruments is inlaid with gold in the form of cartouches filled with abstracted foliate scrolls and lotus flowers, all set on a similarly patterned ground, including geometric patterns. This extremely fine example of Tibetan inlaid metal work is from the Derge kingdom of eastern Tibet.
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