A bidri ware bowl with Arabic inscriptions
Lot 215
A silver-inlaid Bidri calligraphic Bowl Bidar, Deccan, second half of the 18th Century
£3,000 - 4,000
US$ 4,700 - 6,200

Lot Details
A bidri ware bowl with Arabic inscriptions
A silver-inlaid Bidri calligraphic Bowl
Bidar, Deccan, second half of the 18th Century
of hemispherical form on short foot, the interior covered in sheet silver with incised calligraphy in a central roundel within three concentric bands of similar calligraphy, the exterior with columns of repeating scrolling floral decoration within narrow borders of finely depicted poppies
5.5 cm. high; 12.6 cm. diam.

Footnotes

  • The inscriptions comprise: starting from the centre, an invocation to God ya shafi 'O the Healer!'; the nada 'ali quatrain, a prayer that includes Qur'an, chapters LV (Al-Rahman), verse 60; CVI (Quraysh), verse 4; XVII (Al-Isra'), part of verse 82; XII (Yusuf), part of verse 64.

    A similar bidri talismanic bowl is in the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection, Geneva, illustrated in Zebrowski, Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India, 1997, fig. 571. Zebrowski comments that the use of script on the interior of vessels is a rare technical feat not seen on Mughal or Safavid objects and associated specifically with the Deccan. The content of such inscriptions is frequently of a Shi'a nature.
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