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Title: Une coupe magique d'époque moghole au Musée Guimet
Author(s): ROŞU, Arion
Journal: Journal Asiatique
Volume: 280    Issue: 3-4   Date: 1992   
Pages: 251-277
DOI: 10.2143/JA.280.3.2006137

Abstract :
The present article describes an Indo-Muslim magic bowl, 19,5 cm in diameter, recently acquired by the Musée Guimet. Coming from a descendant of the family of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor, who died in exile in 1862, this bronze piece is engraved with Koranic inscriptions and other Islamic prayers. It belongs to that class of marvellous vessels highly valued by Muslims for their supposed properties of supernatural healing and protection against misfortune. This talismanic bowls or cups, from which pure water or another liquid is to be sipped by an ailing or even a dying person, are linked to the tradition of Aramaic incantation bowls from the ancient Orient.

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