Brass; lid cast, body worked, engraved, and chased, inlaid with silver
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1941
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
This cylindrical dawat (inkwell) with a domed lid once fit into a metal penbox, where it was secured by a line of soldering along its seam. Inlaid silver forms the primary decoration of floral vines and animals, and engraved and chased floral patterns occupy the background. A piercing in the lid suggests that a ring may have once eased the opening and closing of the inkwell. Referenced in Persian poetry and histories as early as the tenth century, cylindrical inkwells with domed lids were produced in great numbers in twelfth to sixteenth century Iran.
Paul Garnier, Paris (by 1903–at least 1907); Sarah Green Walters, Baltimore; Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; [ Brummer Gallery, New York, until 1941; sold to MMA]
Migeon, Gaston. "Les Arts Plastiques et Industriels." In Manuel d'Art Musulman. vol. 2. Paris: Alphonse Picard et Fils, 1907. pp. 205, 214, ill. fig. 175 (b/w).
Welch, Anthony, ed. Shah 'Abbas and the Arts of Isfahan. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1973. no. 39, pp. 56-57, 70, ill. p. 56 (b/w).
"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 88, pp. 214-215, ill. p. 215 (b/w).