I have been lucky to own two antique Indian inkwells that are rare and make interesting pieces of decor to display. The round ink well was sourced by my dad from a flea market in India. The other dancing lady was what my husband and I found on one of our scouting trips back home.These gorgeous inkwells are made of brass and the dancing lady is unique, cause her torso forms the lid for the inkwell.
|I love to group a collection together as it makes a big impact.|
|Think outside the box - a metal pale used as a vase|
I always like to know a little something about the beautiful pieces that I surround my self with. So some digging revealed that archaeological evidence exists that metallic ink-pots were introduced in the subcontinent by the Greeks and the Sakas (ancient tribe of Iranian origin) imitated them in terracotta. (Source: The Encyclopedia of Indian Archaeology edited by Amalananda Ghosh ). And then the 1880's saw the desertion of the inkwells with the invention of the first practical fountain pen. Some where along the way, these scarce and abandoned pieces turned from trash to treasure.
|Antiques make interesting conversation pieces|
The distressed metallic purple pail, I found at Target for a $1 and now it’s turned into a vase for a charming display. I placed a votive candle holder inside the pail to hold the water for the flowers. I even found a blue pail and could not resist it. I'll come with something for that. The possibilities are endless, let the creativity get the better of you. Have a great weekend!!!
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