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Antique Indian Copper Dervish Kashkul (Begging Bowl) with Enamel Design


Kashkuls carried the food donations on which Sufi dervishes and wandering ascetics relied for sustenance. They symbolised the emptying of the Sufi’s ego through the renunciation of worldly goods and aspirations. The bowls were produced in a variety of media and were held or hung from the shoulder by metal chains. The earliest examples date to the thirteenth or fourteenth century, and their form may have been derived from crescent- and boat-shaped wine bowls made in pre-Islamic Iran.

Detailed Description:

Item Number: 428

Country of Origin: India

Age: 19th Cent.
Material: Copper and enamel
Height: 18 cm
Width: 9cm
Age: 1800s
Condition: Good for age. There is a stain and some chipping of enamel. See photos.