Scribe's pen box

Decorated with tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl, this rectangular calligrapher’s tool functions as a pen box in which the scribe could keep his reed pen and other writing implements such as reed pens, penknives, scissors and inkwells. The inlay on this table has been placed in a decorative geometrical motif. Geometrical designs are often used in Islamic art as they create the impression of unending repetition, which is believed to encourage the contemplation of the infinite nature of God. Calligraphy has always been considered the noblest and most featured art in the world of Islam as it transmits the Divine Revelations of God.