Description of an antique Indian kashkul ( کشکول)
Kashkuls carried the food donations on which Sufi dervishes and wandering mystics relied for sustenance. The begging bowl symbolized the emptying of the dervishes ego through the renunciation of worldly goods and aspirations while their Being rests fully in God.
This begging bowl is produced from copper and was most likely held or hung from the shoulder by a metal chain. The earliest examples of kashkuls date to the thirteenth or fourteenth century. Their form may have been derived from the crescent; a common symbol of Islam.
Details of a copper begging bowl from India
۩ Country of Origin: India
۩ Height (at its longest): 11 cm
۩ Width (at its longest): 26 cm
۩ Base: 5.5 cm
۩ Material: Copper
۩ Condition: Good for age
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