Pen case and inkwell
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3 x 25.9 x 3 cm (1 3/16 x 10 3/16 x 1 3/16 in)
Called a divit, this pen case style comes from the Ottoman Empire and is designed to fit the reed pens used by calligraphers in this region. The Hebrew engraved on this case reads on one side, "Joseph the fast scribe." The other side is incomprehensible. The engravings were likely created in order to increase the value of the object.
Description of materials
Copper Alloy: welded and engraved
19th or 20th century
Place of origin
Ottoman Empire (or Ottoman style)
Presented in memory of Rabbi Nathan Levinson by friends
Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT
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