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- Accession Number
- Square cut crystal electric blue pyramid shaped inkwell
- Artist Unknown
- Medium and Support
- glass, metal
- Object Creation Date
- Credit Line
- Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family
- 5.5 cm x 3.5 cm x 3.5 cm (2 3/16 in. x 1 3/8 in. x 1 3/8 in.)
- Primary Object Classification and Primary Object Type
- Physical Description
- This is a blue crystal glass inkwell with a dark metal collar. The body has a cube shape with cut corners. The lid is a four-sided pyramid with cut corners.
- Subject Matter
- 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.
- Primary Keywords
- Secondary Keywords
- glass and glassmaking mixtures
- inorganic material
- materials by composition
- metal and metal products
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