Divination Bowl

Historical period(s)
Safavid period, mid-16th century
Chased and engraved copper
H x Diam: 5.7 x 19.8 cm (2 1/4 x 7 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel


divination, Iran, Islam, Qur'an, Safavid period (1501 - 1722)

To 1975
Unknown seller, Morocco, to 1975 [1]

From 1975 to 1997
Mrs. Virginia E. Bailey, Floral Park, NY, purchased from an unknown seller in Morocco in 1975 [2]

From 1997
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from Mrs. Virginia E. Bailey in 1997


[1] Purchased by the vendor in Morocco in 1975 and in her possession since that time (according to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record).

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mrs. Virginia E. Bailey

Published References
  • Massumeh Farhad, Serpil Bagci. Falnama: The Book of Omens. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 6, p. 85.
  • Sabiha Al Khemir. Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture. Exh. cat. Utah. p. 211.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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