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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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 3, 2011–December 9, 2012.

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