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chinese ?

by mona

Hi Peter, I am wondering what this is for. and how old it is ? the flower have a brown redish colour glaze.It has holes in the plate center .Is this chinese?it measures 6 1/2 x 4.Thank you for you kind reply.Best.

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Mar 02, 2011
by: Bilal

This item is shaped like a 'hand-washing basin' called 'chillumchi' in Urdu language and Hindko dialect spoken in Pesahwar, Pakistan. I recall such items, made from copper or brass, being in use in my grandfather's house till his demise in the 1950s. Before and after a meal, water was poured over hands from a jug and collected in the bottom pot. It could be seated on a table or carried (with/without a handle) to the person.
Possibly, the word 'chillumchi' has a Turkic origin because both Urdu and Hindko dialect have a mix of Turkic, Persian, Arabic etc languages.

My suggestions is that this item may be either a Turkish or a middle eastern hand-wash basin.
Please google 'chillumchi' and you may find some more info in support of my suggestion.

Mar 01, 2011
by: annemiek

Maybe Turkisch or Persian?

Feb 28, 2011
by: peter

Hi Mona,
It is not Chinese. If it were, it would be a spitton, with this shape, but it would have a single wide hole in the center. The same shape with a narrow neck and hole would be for discarding tea leaves after brewing tea.

Anyway, no idea. Doesns't look Chinese, Japanese or European to me. Could it be Middle Eastern?

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