Pair of candlestick holders

These candle-stick holders probably belonged to a Sufi, also known as darwish in Persian (from which we get the English term ‘dervish’). The darwish would dress differently from the rest of society, wearing woollen garments and carrying ‘kashkul’ (begging bowls), made of metal or coconut shells. The Sufi (mystic), in his ‘Path’, must undertake voluntary poverty and asceticism. Poverty (faqr) should be more of a spiritual nature (absence of desire for material wealth) than actual physical poverty. Many Sufis who pursued this concept, did renounce their worldly belongings. These candle-stick holders may have been used in a darwish’s home.

Date/Period
19th-early 20th centuries
Region
Iran
Dimension
Object size: 002: H22.3 x W9.7 cm
Accession No.
1999-02788
Material
copper-alloy
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Brass