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date: 23 May 2019

pen 

Source:
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
Author(s):

Michael Clarke

A writing and drawing instrument, the nib of which retains *ink with which the design is drawn. The pen has been known since classical times and its earliest form was probably the reed, cut from bamboo or the tubular stock of coarse marsh grass. The common pen, until very recently, was the quill: in the West the feathers of geese and turkeys have often been employed. Metal pens have also been in use since Roman times but did not appear in machine-made form until the early 19th century.... ...

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