In neg., bottom: 9204 Pompeii Mausoleo nella casa Epi di Sabina. G. Sommer-Napoli. In ink, verso, u.: Lararium in the House of Epidius Sabinus, Pompeii, - Regio IX, Insula I, No. 22 / excavated since 1866.
This is a bright blue glass inkwell with a brass collar. The body is square shaped with slanted shoulders. The blue glass lid is cone shaped with faceted sides.
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.