Cast Metal Inkwell Dog Dragon Figure
While researching the mythical creature atop this gilt cast metal inkwell, I learned a new word: zoomorphic, which means characterized by a highly stylized or conventionalized representation of animal forms. The only similar representation I found to this part dog, part dragon was an ancient Chinese statue which called it a zoomorphic figure. The creatures included in the figure held significance for the person it was made for. There is an impression of a person riding a horse under the figure and busts of male and female figures around the sides of the inkwell base. Very interesting piece.
This is a heavy cast metal inkwell with a soft gilt color. The hinged lid is secure and the lid sits flush on the base. There is no insert to hold the ink. Antique inkwells were a sign of wealth as the common person dipped ink directly from a bottle instead of using an inkwell. Most inkwells found today were made between 1870 and 1920.
This inkwell measures about 2 3/4 inches tall with the figure adding another 1 1/2 inches. The base measures a 1 3/4 inch diameter and the widest part of the well measures about 2 3/4 inches diameter. It weighs almost one pound. There are no markings. Excellent condition, a great conversation piece!
Item ID: RL1015-33
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