Talismanic medallion

This talismanic medallion is one of the varieties of objects used or worn by the dervish - a mystic who practices asceticism. The dervish would dress differently from the rest of society, wearing woollen hats and carrying kashkul (begging bowl), made of metal or coconut shells. In the 19th century, there was a vogue for dervishes in the Qajar society.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th centuries
Region
Iran
Dimension
Object size: 002: Dia 7.8 cm
Accession No.
1999-02789
Material
Copper alloy and wood
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving