Inkstand

Greek
3rd century BC


Dimensions

Height: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.) Diameter (from widest point): 9.3 cm (3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.8108

Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Glaze

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund