Antique Deccani Indian Islamic Benares Brass Chased Naskh Script Alms Bowl (Code 1823)
A fascinating 19th century item which combines features from a number of cultures. It is an alms bowl with handle and broad rim. The hand chasing is in the Islamic style with what is perhaps an Indian version of Naskh script in stylised form running through the decoration. It uses the Benares technique of hand chased brass with black ground and the interior has also been intentionally blackened. The handle is attached with peened rivets and has three protrusions. At time of writing I have a much scaled up example with a tiger scene which bears the same handle and body shape.
The item is probably Deccani and from the mid 19th century, as this accounts for the Islamic script, and the function, they are also well known for bidri ware which is relatively similar to the technique employed here.
Generally good for period, two of the handle rivets are a little loose but stable. Minor knock to foot rim. Normal age related wear.
Height: 23.5 cm ( 9 1/4 inch )
Width: 13.3 cm ( 5 1/4 inch ) across rim
Weight: 656 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 1823 SP19-1
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