Begging bowl

This begging bowl probably belonged to a Sufi, also known as darwish in Persian (from which we get the English term ‘dervish’). The darwish would dress differently from the rest of society, wearing woollen hats and carrying kashkul (begging bowls), made of metal or coconut shells. The Sufi (mystic), in his ‘Path’, must undertake voluntary poverty and asceticism. Poverty (faqr) should be more of a spiritual nature (absence of desire for material wealth) than actual physical poverty. Many Sufis who pursued this concept, did renounce their worldly belongings.

Indigenous Name
Kashkul
Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th centuries
Region
Iran
Dimension
Object size: L25.0 x W14.5 cm
Accession No.
1999-02777
Material
Coconut shell and silver
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving

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