Vintage Islamic Talisman Medicine Bowl
Bowls inscribed with verses from the Qur'an act as talismans, believed to have healing properties to those who drink from them or mix medicines in them. They can also be used to cure the evil eye. This piece contains 13 lines of tiny text from the Surah Yasin, the 36th chapter of the Qur'an. The mosque dome and minaret at the center depicts Medina, so this bowl is probably a souvenir of a pilgrimage made. The exterior is also decorated with large flowers, a mosque, sunshine, and the name Madina Munawarah (the radiant city) made in hatch marks so it's barely visible. This piece has minimal patina and scuffing.