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Circular green marble inkwell [a] with cover [b] and removeable glass inkwell [c]. Circular base has fluted sides. Interior has three small holes outlined by a brass ring and a central ink holder also rimmed in brass. Cover is inset with five cameos, four on lid and one on finial outlined with brass. Cameos are made of unidentifiable material (ceramic?) in different colors - white, black, and shades of brown. Cameos depict historic scholarly figures.
"White-Petrach / Black-Boccaccio / Chocolate-Gallileo / Red-Dante" (Black ink on paper label. Note: the label only describes four cameos, although the object has four. And the tan, not the red, is Dante. And the black appears not to be Bocaccio but someone later. )
Gift of Mrs. Helen B. Gilman