The inscription reads: al-'izz al-da'im wa al-'umr al-salim wa al-farr al-khalid wa al-sa'ada al-da'ima wa al-ra'y al-thaqib (?) . al-baqa al-da'im li-sahibihi (Perpetual glory and healthy life and eternal splendour and perpetual happiness and prudent advice lasting long-life to its owner).
Pencases of this form continued to be made in Khorassan through until the 15th century. One example is dated AH 865/1460-61 AD while a very similar penbox is in the Tehran National Museum (A. S. Melikian-Chirvani, Islamic Metalwork of the Iranian World, 8th-18th centuries, London, 1982, figs 61A and 61B, p.237; Linda Komaroff, The Golden Disc of Heaven, Costa Mesa, 1993, no.6, pp.163-4). The form of the script with the knotted kufic indicates that this probably dates from considerably later than that in the following lot. The script relates to that used for example in a pencase made in Mosul in AH 653/1255-6 AD (Kjeld von Folsach, Art from the World of Islam in the David Collection, Copenhagen, 2001, no.506, p.317).