An Imperial Pilgrim's Water Flask

19th century

The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

The flask (matara) was most probably used to collect water from Zamzam – the well inside the Meccan sanctuary – to take back to Sultan 'Abdulhamid II (reg. 1876–1909) in Istanbul. It is one of a small group, the earliest of which was sent by the Ottoman Sultan Murad III (reg. 1574–1595) to the Austrian Emperor Rudolf II in 1582.


  • Title: An Imperial Pilgrim's Water Flask
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Location Created: Turkey 隷
  • Type: ARTIFACT
  • Medium: leather with metal-thread embroidery; turned wooden stopper

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