Antique Islamic Persian Qajar Period Coco de Mer Kashkhul Sufi Begging Bowl 1740

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Rare antique Persian Islamic carved Kashkul (Sufi begging bowl) coco-de-mer, Safavid period, Persia, circa 1740.
This fine & rare kashkul is carved from the fruit of the palm tree "Lodoicea Maldivica" it is the largest seed on the planet and only found in the Seychelles and now regarded as an endangered species.
A kashkul is a begging bowl carried by a Dervish (a member of a religious order in the Muslim Sufi tradition), these mystics would take a vow of poverty and used such bowls to collect alms.
This bowl is carved with bands of Nasta'liq script with verses from the holy Quran, as well as Persian poetry. There two carved cartouches to the top with calligraphy and a carved Dervish monk to the base. The kashkul has the original silver chains & silver fittings connecting to the bowl itself, condition is very good indeed.
Please see a very similar bowl in the Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum London.
Provenance; Property of a gentleman, from an important Kuwaiti Collection

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5 inches high × 11.5 inches wide × 5.25 inches deep

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high × wide x deep

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