Copper Allow Inkwell (Mihbara) - GD.034R, Origin: Central Asia, Circa: 11 th Century AD to 12 th Century AD, Dimensions: 3" (7.6cm) high x 2.7" (6.9cm) wide, Collection: Islamic Art, Style: Seljuk, Medium: Copper-Alloy, Condition: Very Fine. Inkwells are amongst the finest objects associated with writing in the medieval Islamic world. Inkwells would have been worn by officials and scholars, suspended from a belt at the waist. Most examples, like this one, have three suspension holes through which cords would have been strung. The inkwell is small and cylindrical with a knobbed lid. The surface of the body is incised with geometric patterns.