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Persian Enamel Sang Ab (Pedestal Bowl) – 34 cm

The “Sang Ab” (Persian: سنگاب), or “Stone Water” vessel, occupies a unique space within the Islamic world’s cultural and religious tapestry. Historically, these vessels were not mere utilities but carried deep spiritual and functional importance, especially within the precincts of mosques. Before engaging in the sacred act of Namaz (or Salah in Arabic), which is the ritualistic Islamic prayer, believers are required to perform Wudhu (Persian: وضو) or Ablution. This act of purification involves washing specific parts of the body in a particular sequence. The Sang Ab, strategically placed within mosque compounds, played a pivotal role in this ritual, providing the cool, clean water essential for the Wudhu. The natural properties of stone, which kept the water at a refreshing temperature, made Sang Ab the preferred choice.

Birthed in the art-rich lanes of Isfahan is the ancient Persian enamelling technique or Minakari (Persian: میناکاری). This painstakingly intricate process transforms ordinary metal into vibrant canvases of storytelling. It’s a testament to the beauty that human hands can create when guided by centuries of tradition. Our Sang Ab stands as a shining example of this legacy. Crafted from high-quality copper and adorned with hand-painted details, every brush stroke on its surface speaks of passion, tradition, and the soul of the artisan.

The beauty of our Sang Ab doesn’t just rest in its artistry but also its dimensions. Standing proudly at 34 cm (13.4 inches) with a bowl stretching to 28 cm (11 inches) and a sturdy base of 20 cm (7.9 inches), it weighs a substantial 2100 g (4.6 lbs). This weight isn’t just of the copper but also of the traditions and stories it carries.

Behind this masterpiece is a community of artisans from Isfahan, the very heartland of Minakari. With each purchase, you’re not just acquiring a piece of Persian heritage; you’re making a choice to support a community. A choice to ensure that these age-old traditions, these stories, and this art form thrives in the modern world.

Embrace a lineage of art, faith, and craftsmanship. Let this Sang Ab adorn your space, spark conversations, and be a testament to your refined taste. Don’t just own an artifact; be a part of a legacy, be a beacon of support for Iranian artisan communities.

£ 925 Inc. VAT

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