Antique 18-19th c Indo Persian Islamic Magic Bowl Divination Bowl Medicinal Bowl
Antique, 18th-19th century, Indo Persian, Islamic brass Divination bowl, also called Magic Bowl or Medicinal bowl. Made of turned and hand finished cast brass of typical rounded form, pierced with a small hole, allowing a suspension cord to be fitted. The center of the bowl superbly engraved with concentric rings, walls finely engraved with 7 round medallions and 7 rhombus form panels with talismanic and Koranic symbols in Arabic calligraphy script of naskh form, and further script below the rim.
Magic bowls were used in Islamic world in the treatments of all kinds of illnesses, including poisoning.
Water placed in such bowls was believed to take on curative aspects after having come into contact with the various talismanic and Koranic symbols and verses engraved on the bowl.
PROVENANCE: Ex Important Canadian private collection of Islamic Art.
Diameter: 14 cm (5.51 inches)
Height: 5 cm (1.97 inches)
WEIGHT: 201 grams
CONDITION: In good condition considering its age, showing the age and usage