Three: Sufi Bowls

In Three, I share three objects on a theme.

Begging bowls or kashkul were one of the few traditional objects owned by a Sufi mendicant. They were typically used across the Islamic world from India to Iran to Central Asia. Most commonly they are made from carved Coco de Mer, a large sea coconut only found in the Seychelles, but they can also be made of brass or silver. I find the raw shell in a curving boat shape matched with the delicate chain handles to be so beautiful.

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Kashkul-or-Beggars-Bowl-with-Portrait-of-Dervishes-and-a-Mounted-Falconer-1880Image Credit: 1. Arcimboldo, 2. Hebert Johnson Museum, 3. Brooklyn Museum

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