Inkwell

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The term inkwell derives from the ancient Greek calamos, a name that indicated the pointed rod of the terminal part of the pen that was used for writing. Over time, the term Inkwell was made to correspond to the small container that contained the ink used for writing the quill (the pen, in fact) The container, often made of glass, pewter, porcelain or brass, was placed next to the person who was about to write and was filled with an ink obtained from various pigments such as vegetable berries or carbon black. The history of the inkwell dates back to the Egyptians. In fact, they are responsible for the first wooden tablets where two trays of color were dug out, one for black and the other for red. The Romans, on the other hand, used real jars, often very decorated. However, it was in the Middle Ages that the art of the inkwell took hold; in fact they became increasingly refined and precious objects.