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19th Century C.E.
Of Middle East/Jewish Origin
Brass inkhorn, consisting of a long tube to store pens, and a small ink well near the top for ink. The ink is usually stored on saturated cloth which dries and which can be later reconstituted with water carried in a small separate bottle. A cloth is used to erase mistakes should they occur.
The example seen here shows a series of holy men etched on the long tube. At the far end is a lid to keep the pens (usually made of reeds) from being lost. A lid also is found on the ink well. Other etched decorations along the corner of the tube completes the decoration.

2001-2002 Museum of Biblical World