Silver Inlaid Brass Wash Bowl
height: 8.5cm, diameter: 17.2cm
The bowl or basin is chased and inlaid with silver. It sits on a small stand which in turn is chased and inlaid with silver. Both the bowl and the stand are etched with motifs that indicate a Bukharan – central Asian/Silk Road – provenance: the endless knot based on the same from Buddhist China, trefoil scrolling and a bracket-lobed quatrefoil motif to the top of the stand.
Most probably, the bowl had a small removable sieve that sat in the bowl over the central well.
Kalter J. & M. Pavaloi,
Uzbekistan: Heirs to the Silk Road, Thames & Hudson, 1997.
Inventory no.: 664
(Detail: top of the base)
(Detail: under-side of basin)