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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 227

    AN INDIAN BRONZE PILGRIM FLASK

    PROBABLY DECCAN, CENTRAL INDIA, 17TH CENTURY

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    AN INDIAN BRONZE PILGRIM FLASK
    PROBABLY DECCAN, CENTRAL INDIA, 17TH CENTURY
    Of typical crescent shape with scrolling volute terminals and long, slightly flared neck rising to hinged cap, paired attachment rings towards the base and top of neck with chain leading between them, spout with similar chain at the base of one of the scrolling volute terminals, a lightly moulded trefoil form on either side of the body containing inscription, cap associated
    10 5/8in. (27cm.) high


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    A number of comparable flasks can be found in Mark Zebrowski, Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India, London 1997, pp.202-3, nos. 301 and 308-315. The design, Zebrowski writes, evolved in order to carry water and wine on journey or into battle and the shape related to the pilgrim flask of medieval Europe and was, as R.H.Pinder-Wilson (and M. Tregear, "Two Drinking Flasks from Asia", Oriental Art, Vol. XVI, no. 4, winter 2970) originally suggested, probably derived from the leather containers often depicted in Mughal and Persian painting.

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