Antique 19th c Islamic Indo Persian Divination Bowl Magic Bowl Medicinal Bowl
Antique, 19th century, Indo Persian, Islamic Bbass divination bowl, also called magic bowl or medicinal bowl. Made of turned and hand finished cast brass of typical rounded form with averted rim. The center of the bowl with tapering central boss, the inner and outer surface decorated with talismanic symbols in Arabic writings.
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: 16.8 cm (6.61 inches)
Height: 4.8 cm (1.89 inches)
WEIGHT: 504 grams
CONDITION: In good condition considering its age