Lot 557

An incised bronze kashkul (beggar’s bowl) India, 20th century 

Of typical curved shape, on a polylobed raised base, the interior finely incised with knotwork and a polylobed cartouche now faded, the exterior divided in several decorative bands with floral and geometric motifs, two hoops on the side, 23cm long and 11cm at its highest points.

These bowls were often considered a sign of religious poverty by Islamic mystics. The shape comes originally from halves of nuts, which dervishes would have used as begging bowls in their wanderings.

Estimate: £80-£100