Montblanc Elixir Colorist Ink Bottle - Purple - 50ml. This color dates back 1400 BC from the coast of Ancient Phoenicia. Purpura or Tyrian purple dyes were extracted from a rare sea snail. It quickly became the color of kings, nobles, priests and magistrates in heralds, home decoration and clothing all around the Mediterranean. It is cited in the Iliad and Odyssey of Homer, Aeneid of Virgil, and in the Old Testament. This natural ink recipe encompassed the pure extract of cochineal and carmine from South America. A gorgeous color for your elegant fountain pens.