Name of Object:
Two Chinese blue-and-white porcelain sealed ‘Zamzam’ water bottles
London, United Kingdom
Khalili Family Trust – Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage Collection
Type of object:
Bottle; Porcelain; Containter; Flask
Museum Inventory Number:
pot 1989 a,b
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Porcelain, leather, string, wax
Period / Dynasty:
Prophet was known to drink from the well and use the water for significant purposes. The most famous hadith (Prophetic saying) regarding Zamzam states that the water is good for whatever purpose it is intended. Thus, over time, the water has been used for many purposes: in graves, to prevent harm, to cure and in ceremonies to obtain blessings.
How date and origin were established:
Date and provenance based stylistic grounds and by comparison with similar items in the Topkapi Palace Museum.
Aydin, H., Sacred Trusts: Pavilion of the Sacred Relics (Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul), The Fountain, 2005.
Citation of this web page:
Qaisra Khan "Two Chinese blue-and-white porcelain sealed ‘Zamzam’ water bottles" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;uk;Mus22;24;en&id=porcelain
Prepared by: Qaisra Khan
MWNF Working Number: UK2 24