Rare Indian carved Kharal opium bowl

This is a rare and interesting Kharal from Rajahstan India, a bowl  made for preparing a beverage of opium and milk

This piece dates from late 19th to early 20th century, its been made from reclaimed wood from a earlier period which have been glued together before carving, the upper part features a ram being consumed by a mythical animal, alluding to the transcendental but all consuming effects of the beverage prepared in the vessel, on the back face we see a architectural carving dating from the 17th or 18th century.

Size 49 cm x 10 cm  weight approx 1.3 kg.

 

 

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