A Rare Gold Damascened Iron Pen Case
A Rare Gold Damascened Iron Pen Case

TIBET, 16TH/17TH CENTURY

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A Rare Gold Damascened Iron Pen Case
Tibet, 16th/17th Century
The fluted shaft very finely damascened with floral scrollwork, interspersed with small emblems of an elephant and horses supporting flaming jewels and a large central flowerhead, the reverse entirely inlaid with continuous bands of leafy scrolls
14¼ in. (36.1 cm.) long

Lot Essay

This iron case would have held a bamboo triangular pen. Based on the high quality of execution it was clearly commissioned for a high Tibetan official. The loops would have been strung so that it could be carried on a belt or over the shoulder. For further pen cases of similar design, see Morning Glory (publ.), Precious Deposits, Historical Relics of Tibet, China, 2000, vol. 5, pp. 27-31, cat. no. 5.
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