Forgotten Things: Pen-Boxes and their Stories

Saphinaz Amal Naguib, member of Object Matters research group, has contributed in the anthology Philologists in the World. A Festschrift in Honour of Gunvor Mejdell. The volume is edited by Rana Issa and Nora S. Eggen and is published by Novus. In the chapter called Forgotten Things: Pen-Boxes and their Stories, Saphinaz Amal Naguib writes about the formation of an Islamic heritage in Europe. It deals with writing accessories, their juxtaposed stories and the transformation of objects of daily life into museum objects. She presents five pen-boxes or qalamdan from the Qajar (1785-1925) period in Iran. The objects are polychrome artefacts in lacquered papier-mâché. They are decorated with different motives visualizing the agency of the pen, cultural encounters in art, entertainment and leisure time.

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