Copper work is a popular craft in many Islamic communities all over the world. Coming to Kashmir from Persia in the 14th century, it became the preferred material to fashion vessels for cooking and related customary practices in offering hospitality. Elaborately carved samovars to serve tea, basins and water jugs with which to wash one’s hands before a meal, and large pots to cook the vast wedding feasts that take place in Kashmiri society are still plentifully made and used. Platters and bowls are part of everyday use. Copper vessels are lined with an alloy that prevents harm from acidic foodstuffs. They are usually decorated with motifs of flowers, trellises and chinar leaves. Occasionally, inspired by old copper artifacts, a copper engraver will add some Urdu script with some significant religious poem or thought. Apart from everyday articles, wall plates are engraved with portions of the Koran, to be hung inside the home.
Manzoor chose a prayer to Allah, embossing the words ya khuda mujh par bhi karam farma / uth kar bazm-e-jahan ka aur hai andaaz hai / mashrek was maghrib mein tera hi daur ka aagaaz hain. The supplicant asks his god to direct his pity towards him and give him the care and attention he has given people everywhere.