Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ottoman Tombac Zamzam Pitcher

19c ottoman tombac zamzam pitcher
A nineteenth century tombac piece used to carry specifically Zamzam (the holy water brought from Kaaba). I have especially liked its lid.

While passing by, doesn't how tombac is made ring any bells? Gold, sulphuric acid... No? One wonders, though, why such a dangerous technique was used. It cost many lives.

Height: 37.5 cm.
Estimated value: $ 65,000

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