3rd century B.C.
Height: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.) Diameter (from widest point): 9.3 cm (3 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Black Glaze
An inkwell called melanodocheion or melanobaphon in Greek. It is made of brown clay, black glaze –spherical body with small opening at the top that would have had a stopper originally. The body is decorated with incised pentagons. A hollow foot and at one side is attached a molded head of an eagle pierced vertically to hold the pen
By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens from a Tanagra dealer.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund