Antique Omani beaked water bowl

Omani Waterbowl
  • Description

Common Omani Water-bowl. Round copper vessel with beak / spout and  incised abstract floral designs.  These bowls are used in Oman after the meal to rinse the hands.  After a meal the coffee-cups are rinsed in the Sahalah. Coffee spiced with cardamom is poured from the dallah into the cups. All cooking utensils made of copper would have been tinned originally.

Antique Omani copper water bowl

Arab Name: Sahlah bu mirzab; or  Sahalah

Period: 1850-1950

Origin: Northern Oman

References:

  1. Richardson & Dorr The Craft heritage of Oman
  2. Islamic Art in Oman page 315
  3. Tribute to Oman 22nd National day. "Copper Craftsmanship" By Robert Richmond p 136 - 140