western Iran or northern Mesopotamia
early 13th century AD
quaternary copper alloy, cast and inlaid with silver and copper
10.5 x 8.5cm
The sides of the inkwell bear eight-petalled rosettes in a network of interlacing chains and the lid, a benedictory inscription broken by more eight-petalled rosettes. The handles at the side, aligning with loops on the lid, allowed the inkwell to be carried in a leather sling.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.115, p.103.