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Vintage metal wall hanging plate depicting Rumi, the founder of the Mevlevi order. Copper dish is enamelled in black and hand etched. He is seen in typical meditating pose with two of his dervish disciples. One of these semazens is whirling and the other is meditating. The are pictured in front of a mosque complex in the background. I believe they belong to Konya, the center of the Mevlevi fraternity.

Plate has a diameter of 7'' (18 cm) and the convex form bulges outward for approx 1/3'' (1.5 cm). It weighs 2.5 oz (70 gr). The plate has no hanger but there is a hole for wall hanging.

Rumi was a Persian poet and Sufi master who lived in central Anatolia to establish the Mevlevi fraternity. The hand writing down below the dish is not very readable but it looks like "Mevlana, Konya". The whirling dervishes (or semazens) seen here are performing the "sama ceremony", abondoning egos and imitating the orbit of planets around the sun.

The plate is old and shows considerable wear. It is very noticeably dented and bumped (these flaws can be better seen in the last photo as the front side reflects light a lot). Wherever enamel is chipped and scratched, brown color of copper underneath is revealed (most prominently on the lower part of the body of Rumi). Back side shows a stain that looks like hardened glue residue. This side appears to be consistently punched all over. Item needs a gentle cleaning and polishing. It has no tears or cracks.

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WHIRLING DERVISH & RUMI Beautiful hand etched copper wall hanging metal plate - Convex black enamel hand etching - Meditating dancing sufi


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  • Materials: metal, aluminum
  • Ships worldwide from Turkey
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