Adath Israel
 

Title

Pen case and inkwell

Creator

Wes ID #

cai009

CAI ID #

2014.S.267.6

Original Inventory #

122

Dimensions

3 x 25.9 x 3 cm (1 3/16 x 10 3/16 x 1 3/16 in)

General Description

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

Time period

19th or 20th century

Place of origin

Ottoman Empire (or Ottoman style)

Provenance

Presented in memory of Rabbi Nathan Levinson by friends

Holding Institution

Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT

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