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Moroccan Terracotta Inkwell

Fes, Morocco
mid-20th century

height: 10.3cm, weight: 291g



UK art market

This decorative terracotta inkwell modelled in a traditional manner comprises a main ink compartment and three subsidiary ones.

It is decorated with palmette motifs in bright yellow, green, black and blue polychrome against a cream background.

Brightly decorated terracotta utilitarian objects were made in Fes and exported to the rest of Morocco. Fes was the main, but not the only, pottery centre in Morocco.

The example here is in fine condition with no losses or repairs.


Boele, V. (ed.), Morocco: 5000 Years of Culture, Kit Publishers/Lund Humphries, 2005.

Mourad, K., F. Ramirez & C. Rolot, Arts et Traditions du Maroc, ACR Edition, 1998.

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