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This pair of silver nalin and matching bowl were a wedding present given to a bride in Istanbul about 100 years ago. Intricately decorated with incised floral designs and infilled with neillo, a composite of sulphur and silver or lead, this gift was a treasured family heirloom.

Silver nalin and bowl
Istanbul, Turkey, c. 1900
BSM P89.240

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Turkish brides were ritually bathed before their weddings at the haman or Turkish bath. The accoutrements needed for the bath included Turkish towels, a bowl for pouring water, and a pair of tall sandals called nalin. Brides were frequently gifted with silver nalin and a matching bowl as a lavish marriage gift.