A Qajar Qalamdan

Pen case
Qajar Period, Persia
Material:
Date: 1916
Sold at Christie's auction
Source: [1]

This lacquer pen case is of typical form, with sliding tray, with scenes from a brothel to top and sides. In a general sense, lacquer is a somewhat imprecise term for a clear or colored wood finish that dries by solvent evaporation.