AUD $860.00
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Bukharan, Brass Wash Basin.

Sorry, this Brass Basin is no longer available.


A intricately shaped brass basin "dastshui" from Bukhara, in Uzbekistan.

Part of the traditional welcoming ritual where water is poured from the "aftaba" ewer over the guests outstretched hands (which of course mustn’t touch each other) the water is then shaken or flicked down onto the tray, where the drops gather flowing down and disappearing through the pierced brass central raised grid.

Shapped rather like an Opium Poppy pod and bloom, the bowl/pod is the base where the water is stored.
The basin/petals spread out above this to catch the shaken drops.

This main basin composes 24 fluted lobes all covered in engraved swirling vine arabesques, these drain down to the central pierced dome “drain” through which the used water disappears into the bowl beneath.
This pierced dome is in turn fluted continuing the design from centre to the lobed outer edges.
The lower bowl and reverse are plain as they would never be seen by the guest.

Having washed his hands and drunk tea, the guest would now be able to eat any sweet meats or fruit that may be offered.

The techiques used to hand beat and raise such complicated shapes from sheet brass are rather daunting.

You can if you like polish this piece with a suitable brass cloth or liquid as it isn’t antique, however it currently has a slightly mellowed patina which will only get darker.

This Hand Basin and the matching Ewers from which the water was poured, make dramatic sculptural accents that form rich focal points, suited to nearly all decors. (See the last image.)


Please Note, the Ewer pictured is no longer available but we could still have a very similar one, BB101, just search Ewer.

Age: Late 20th Century.

Size: W 500 mm x H 240 mm.

Weight: 3.27 kilograms.