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Qalamdan (pen-case) Closed

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National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi

This rectangular pen-case has two dawats (inkwells), with tiny lids and a tray. The tray provides division of two levels to the pen container for storing more qalams (pen). The dome-shaped outer portion of the lid is decorated with three cartouches, which contain Persian verses in prose and poetry form. A date is inscribed within rectangular floral border. The corners have designs depicting birds, animals and floral motifs. The case is beautifully decorated with niello or siaha qalam work.

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  • Title: Qalamdan (pen-case) Closed
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1844 AD
  • Location: North India
  • Physical Dimensions: L: 23.1; W: 6.7; H: 5.4 cm
  • Original Language: Arabic & Persian
  • Medium: Copper, lead
  • Technique: Casting and niello work
  • Script: Tughra & Nastaliq
  • Accession Number: 59.280

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