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Inkwell in the Form of Atlas Holding a Globe

Through comparison with other inkwells of this model, the kneeling male figure seen here can be identified as Atlas, the Titan from Greek mythology who supported the celestial sphere on his shoulders. However, in this version, the large, globe-shaped oil lamp he would originally have carried does not survive.

Credit: Robert Lehman Collection, 1975...

First half 16th century or later
Copper alloy
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Permanent collection