Antique 1800’s EX RARE Divination Magic Bowl & Cup Ritualistic Islam & Zoroastrianism. For your consideration is an extremely RARE, very intriguing antique set. Used for magical healing, divination or blessings related to early Islamic rituals with a mixture of Zoroastrian symbolism. It consists of a brass bowl and a tumbler, with hand chiseled scriptures and symbols all over around. Although easily discernable, a detailed research and scholastic knowledge are needed to translate the text and understand all the symbolic pictures. There are words and phrases written in calligraphic characters possibly in Arabic, Pahlavi or other Aramaic-derived script, most likely prayers, blessings and Quran verses. There are some squares and graphs filled out with something like cuneiform inscription (see the tumbler). There are also some engraved pictures and scenes: at the bowl we see 3 times a tree between open gates, possibly reminiscence of Paradise Gardens. The cup has more iconographic images; the historical Safavid symbol of The Lion and the Sun (Siro Xorsid); the rising sun symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness. It may be also related to the Zodiac constellation Leo, since there are more Zodiac-like symbols: two crossed fishes for Pisces, two human figures facing each other, possibly for Gemini. These three, the Leo, the Pisces and the Gemini, are represented in bigger images, each one twice over the tumbler’s body. Under the top rim, a pattern of smaller images also depicts Virgo, Cancer and others. Altogether a blend of religious, superstitious, astrological and Near Eastern historical motifs. The holes on the cup suggest a possibility of being used to observe the stars for Astrological divinations. When placed over the bowl, it fits perfectly, and it looks like a incense or steam infuser. Divination bowls were widely used in Muslim world for healing. The water poured from a Magic bowl would treat of all kinds of illnesses, including poisoning, since it was believed to take on curative properties from the contact with the engraved Holy verses and talismanic symbols. How it was used as a set, we could only guess, but it is definitely for mystical rituals that incorporate water, fire and the skies. Antique set, all original. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS! Measurements: Approximately: The bowl – 7″ diameter (across) x 2″ deep; the tumbler – 5.25″ tall x 3.6″ top diameter. Weigh about 1 lb. Condition: Very Good overall. Please see photos below. All original and unaltered. A minute chip at the top rim of the tumbler. Local Pickups Are Welcome! Take a look at the other items we have for sale now. Our items are described with the best of our knowledge and ability. We will be glad to answer all of your questions and provide additional photos and/or information. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Religion & Spirituality\Islam\Other Islam Collectibles”. The seller is “imeon” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Handmade: Yes
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Turkey
- Religion: Islam