This is a clear glass inkwell with a metal rim around the neck and base. The body and stopper have a rounded shape.
As with most objects of daily use, inkwells could be modest and utilitarian or more fanciful, the latter employing lavish use of precious materials to reflect and enhance the status of the possessor. Inkwells in the UMMA collections demonstrate a rich variety of materials, including silver, crystal, ceramic, and metal. Some pre-date the emergence of the fountain pen, and many mark the transition from a quill or nib pen to the convenience of the pocket pen commonly found today. Inkwells are avidly collected by those who value the artistry that went into the creation of a beautiful object for everyday life.
This black and white chalk drawing on blue paper depicts a loosely sketched landscape featuring rock formations and small hills. The rocks in the foreground are highlighted in white chalk as is what appears to be a glimpse of sky in the upper right corner.