An inkwell is typically a small jar or container, often made of glass, porcelain, silver, brass, or pewter, used for holding ink. The user dips the brush, quill, or dip pen into the inkwell in order to place ink accordingly for transfer of ink to paper. An inkwell will usually have a lid to prevent contamination, evaporation, spills, and excessive air exposure. 

In the early 1900's, the use of inkwells and dip pens diminished with the introduction of reservoir fountain pens. Today, many people still enjoy the use of dip pens and inkwells for the artistry and beauty that still exits in their use.