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Large, Silver Nigerian Islamic Bowl

Nupe People, Central Nigeria
late 19th/early 20th century

diameter: 24 cm; height: 8 cm, weight: 445g

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Provenance

UK art market

This large bowl with great presence is from the Islamic Nupe people of central Nigeria and probably was executed in Bida.

The base is engraved in a version of Sudanic Arabic that is used in Nigeria, possibly giving a maker’s name and/or the owner, as well as some symbols. A silver bowl attributed to Islamic Nigeria with similar engraved work is illustrated in Al-Jadir, S., Arab and Islamic Silver, Stacey International, 1981, p. 81.

References

Al-Jadir, S., Arab and Islamic Silver, Stacey International, 1981.

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