Antique Sufi Islamic Kashkul Begging Bowl Silver & Copper Coco-de-Mer Persian

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Seller: gs1830 (1,826) 99.6%, Location: Painesville, Ohio, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 254170354384 . The name coco de mer is French, and means "coconut of the sea".it is a double lobed nut that could be cut in half and made into a water or food storage bowl. In the Maldives, any coco de mer nuts that were found in the ocean or on the beaches were supposed to be given to the king, and keeping a nut for yourself or selling it could have resulted in the death penalty. However, Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor was able to purchase one of these nuts for 4,000 gold florins. The Dutch Admiral Wolfert Hermanssen also received a nut as a gift for his services, from the Sultan of Bantam in 1602, for fighting the Portuguese and protecting the capital of Bantam. However, the nut that the admiral was given was missing the top part; apparently the Sultan had ordered the top of the nut to be cut off, in order not to upset the noble admiral’s modesty.João de Barros believed that coco de mer possessed amazing healing powers, superior even to those of "the precious stone Bezoar". In one of his books, Dr. Berthold Carl Seemann mentioned that many believed the nuts to be an antidote to all poisons. The Dervish or Sufies of Iran make Kashkul or beggar bowl out of the half of the seed and carry it on their shoulders everyday and people on the streets used to give them gifts while they sing poems about Imam Ali and the Dervish put the gifts inside the Kashkul,later some poets/writers called their books Kashkul since there was not any specific order in their writings and their books consist of many different poems or writings on different subjects like different gifts inside the Kashkuls. Kensington Museum's registers as a 'dervish's wallet', as receptacles of this type were used to carry alms by Muslim mendicant holy men. It is also known by the Iranian term kashkul. It is made from one quarter of a double coconut or coco-de-mer (Lodoicea maldivica or sechellarum), the largest seed in the world and endemic to only two of the 115 Seychelle Islands in the Indian Ocean; the first part of the name derives from the Latin form of 'Louis' (after Louis XV). These enormous seeds, which have separate sexes, were originally known to Europeans only from specimens found floating in the water and were given the designation 'maldivica' from the mistaken belief that they originated in the Maldives. They also once had the name Lodoicea callipyge ('beautiful rump') from their fanciful resemblance in their complete form to a woman's disembodied buttocks. The metal ones were made in the form of the natural ones and also highly decorated . These days the metal ones are more sought after than the ones made from nut This is a nice example . The chain is not original i just found some appropriate looking copper chain Provenance: n/a, Material: Brass, Silver & Copper

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