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Indian & South Asian Bowls

Bowls from India and Southeast Asia represent a diversity of styles ranging from utilitarian to ornate and are made of a variety of media including bronze and clay. Bowls from India and South Asia are highly sought after for their intricately detailed metalwork and mastery of ceramics.

Dating back to the Neolithic period, Indian bowls were used for ritual purposes and everyday life as containers for liquids such as water, milk, and beer. While these bowls were fabricated largely for function, their adornment with geometric designs as well as plant and animal motifs suggests that their aesthetic appeal was also highly valued.

The Indus Valley civilization in particular is renowned for their contributions to the evolution of pottery, including the employment of the wheel as a means of fabricating clay bowls. India continues to produce excellent handcrafted clay and terracotta bowls that reflect the nation’s longstanding history while taking advantage of modern technologies.


Quick Facts

  • Unglazed pottery represents the oldest type of bowl fabricated in India. With their walls measuring only a few centimeters in depth and often incised with elaborate patterns, these antiquities maintain their popularity for their historic value and intrinsic beauty
  • Terracotta represents one of the oldest materials used in the fabrication of Indian bowls and remains a staple in the production of contemporary earthenware vessels
  • During the Mogul period, Persians introduced papier-mâché to Indian craftsmen, and the practice quickly became integral in the construction of Indian decorative bowls. Indian artisans have since evolved the craft

Recommended Items at Auction

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An early 20th century Anglo – Indian unmarked silver bowl, Poona circa 1910
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
An early 20th century Anglo – Indian unmarked silver bowl, Poona circa 1910
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£201 Bid
19TH CENTURY INDIAN SILVER LOBED BOWL
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH CENTURY INDIAN SILVER LOBED BOWL
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $2,000- $2,500
$1,0000 Bids
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Indian Presentation Silver Kashkul-Form Bowl
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
Indian Presentation Silver Kashkul-Form Bowl
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,2000 Bids
Indian Mughal Spinach Jade Ribbed Bowl
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
Indian Mughal Spinach Jade Ribbed Bowl
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
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A FINE PAIR OF MUGHAL PALE GREEN JADE BOWLS India 18th/early 19th century (2)
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A FINE PAIR OF MUGHAL PALE GREEN JADE BOWLS India 18th/early 19th century (2)
by Bonhams
Est: £15,000- £20,000
£15,0000 Bids
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A MUGHAL WHITE JADE BOWL India, 18th century
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A MUGHAL WHITE JADE BOWL India, 18th century
by Bonhams
Est: £12,000- £15,000
£12,0000 Bids
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A MUGHAL GREYISH-WHITE JADE BOWL India, 18th century
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A MUGHAL GREYISH-WHITE JADE BOWL India, 18th century
by Bonhams
Est: £3,000- £5,000
£3,0000 Bids
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A MUGHAL-STYLE PALE GREEN JADE 'CHRYSANTHEMUM' DISH 18th/19th century
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A MUGHAL-STYLE PALE GREEN JADE 'CHRYSANTHEMUM' DISH 18th/19th century
by Bonhams
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,5000 Bids
AN ALABASTER BOWL, IN THE INDIAN TASTE
Oct 21, 9:30 AM BST
AN ALABASTER BOWL, IN THE INDIAN TASTE
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £100- £150
£100 Bids
A late 19th /early 20th century Anglo – Indian unmarked silver bowl, probably Poona circa 1900
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
A late 19th /early 20th century Anglo – Indian unmarked silver bowl, probably Poona circa 1900
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £800- £1,200
£800 Bids
A large late 19th century Anglo – Indian unmarked silver bowl or jardinière, Cutch circa 1890
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
A large late 19th century Anglo – Indian unmarked silver bowl or jardinière, Cutch circa 1890
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £1,500- £2,500
£1500 Bids
A COBRA JASPER BOWL, PUDDINGSTONE CONGLOMERATE, INDIA
Oct 26, 11:00 AM BST
A COBRA JASPER BOWL, PUDDINGSTONE CONGLOMERATE, INDIA
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £450- £550
£400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Indian & South Asian Bowls


Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions

Bonhams

Bonhams

New Orleans Auction Galleries

New Orleans Auction Galleries

Oakridge Auction Gallery

Oakridge Auction Gallery