Divination Bowl

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, mid-16th century
Medium
Chased and engraved copper
Dimensions
H x Diam: 5.7 x 19.8 cm (2 1/4 x 7 13/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1997.38
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Bowl

Keywords
chasing, divination, engraving, Iran, Islam, Qur'an, Safavid period (1501 - 1722), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1975
Unknown seller, Morocco, to 1975 [1]

From 1975 to 1997
Mrs. Virginia E. Bailey, Floral Park, NY, purchased from an unknown seller in Morocco in 1975 [2]

From 1997
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from Mrs. Virginia E. Bailey in 1997

Notes:

[1] Purchased by the vendor in Morocco in 1975 and in her possession since that time (according to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record).

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Mrs. Virginia E. Bailey

Published References
  • Massumeh Farhad, Serpil Bagci. Falnama: The Book of Omens. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 6, p. 85.
  • Sabiha Al Khemir. Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture. Exh. cat. Utah. p. 211.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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