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Inkwell and lid from a portable two-color ink set

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The lid is hinged and has a bud-shaped top. The body and bottom have turned ridges. Soldering marks on the rim and base indicate where the vessel was joined to inkwell 65.911. The lid would have opened outwards on the axis of connection. Another soldering mark on the body of the vessel...

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By 1964: with a dealer in Athens (said to be from a tomb in Macedonia, found with objects 65.911, 65.912, and 65.913); purchased by MFA, September 22, 1965

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

Roman provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 1–50

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 454; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).


Height: 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in.)

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The Ancient World