Large, Heavy Engraved Silver Bowl
diameter: 26.5cm, height: 7cm, weight: 921g
This large and impressive basin or bowl is of beaten high-grade silver. It is surprisingly heavy in the hand – it weighs almost a kilogram. It has been hammered with a slight well which marks out a foot, then steep sides rise to an everted lip.
The interior base is engraved with a central calligraphic roundel around which there is a plain border, then an engraved border. Another engraved border is around the interior rim, and another to the exterior ring. The calligraphic roundel includes a date in Arabic – ‘1934’ – but using the Western calendar.
The Arabic inscription mentions that the bowl was made in Omdurman (in standard Arabic: Umm Durman –
) – the largest city in Sudan. It lies on the western banks of the Nile and is the commercial and a cultural capital of Sudan and Khartoum State.
Overall, this is a bowl or basin with great presence and in excellent condition.
Al-Jadir, S., Arab & Islamic Silver, Stacey International, 1981.
UK/US private collection
Inventory no.: 1337