Sufi Alms Bowl (Kashkul)
Late 1700s–early 1800s
MediumSteel with gold inlay
Credit LineGift of Bj Averitt
Sufi Alms Bowl (Kashkul). Late 1700s–early 1800s. Steel with gold inlay. Gift of Bj Averitt. 1994.6.
Dimensionsheight: 5.25 in, 13.3350 cm; width: 14 in, 35.5600 cm
DepartmentArts of Asia
CollectionArts of Asia
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Sufi Begging Bowl (Kashkul) by Hajji ibn 'Abbas Iran late 1700s-early 1800s, Zand or Qajar period Engraved steel with gold calligraphy Gift of Bj Averitt 1994.6 Mendicant Sufi holy men were a familiar sight throughout Islamic history. They chose lives of poverty, renouncing earthly goods and subsisting on offerings of food or money from the devout. Each would have carried a guide to worship and a kashkul, or begging bowl. This bowl is in the shape of a coco-de-mer, or double coconut, and bears the signature of the maker, Hajji ibn ‘Abbas.
Known Provenance1993, Bj Averitt [d. 2014], Denver CO, acquired through Dr. Ernst J. Grube [d. 2011], London; 1994, DAM collection, gift of Mrs. Bj Averitt.
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