Late 19th or early 20th century India Bronze Inkwell measures 4.75" by 4", and weighs 35 ounces before packing. The cast body of the inkwell has a vine and clover design, with an upright squirrel lid finial. A massive and impressive piece.
This is a 19th qalamdan or ink and quill holder. The patina on this case is quite rich, I have made no attempt to clean this. It measures 9 1/2" long, and the attached inkpot is approximately 1 1/2" square. A very substantial piece, it weighs nearly a pound! Scribes used to tuck these cases into their belts, and the inkpots kept them from slipping through. It's floral design appears to be Turkish. A unique and historical item for your desk, or collection.