KASHKUL

  • Kashkul

    Kashkul, or beggar's bowl, was used by Wandering Dervishes to collect alms.

    Symbolically it represents the purification of a Sufi's soul from all earthly desires.

    Finely carved sea coconut and silver.

    The sea coconut also called ‘coco de mer’ or ‘double coconut’ is endemic to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in the Seychelles. Until the true source of the provenance was discovered in 1768 by Dufresne, many believed that it grew on a mythical tree at the bottom of the sea.

    Persia

    19th century.

    Cm 29x15x16