Cylinder and cover, probably an inkwell


Findspot: Anatolia (Turkey), Troad, Assos (Behramkale), Sarcophagus No. 102

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 485; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).


4.8 x 2.7 cm (1 7/8 x 1 1/16 in.) Diameter, cover: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The mounting of a case in which an ivory stylus was found: a) Thin, plain cylinder, flaring a little at one end with an open longitudinal slit. b) Circular disc with rim, and hole in the middle. Despite the fact that an ivory stylus was found within, this container seems to have been an ancient inkwell rather than a stylus or pen box. The knob on the lid, the hinge from lid to body, and the bottom of the cylinder are missing. The body, fashioned from a rectangular strip of sheet bronze, has come apart where the metal was soldered, at the vertical seam. (a) is heavily encrusted and (b) just normally so.


From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); sarcophagus No. 102. 188?: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America