The ancient Egyptians were among the first people to know writing. Their success in making paper from papyrus meant that numerous items were needed to prepare the sheets of paper including these cutters.
An inkwell, made of brass and decorated with silver, consists of two parts. The first part is a rectangle for holding pens. The second part is the inkstand, in the shape of an octagon. It is decorated with plant and calligraphy ornaments.
A pen case that was used to hold writing materials; the inside is divided by partitions to hold the ink, the sand, and the pens. The pen case consists of two parts, the inkpot and its cover. The pot is decorated with patterns of inlaid flowers.