Manufactured specifically for export to Europe sometime during the first half of the 18th century. The cutout, rather small in this case, is to allow the bowl to fit comfortably under the chin when the barber is wielding the razor. Barbers at that time also provided a service to the medical profession by bleeding patients and these bowls are sometimes called 'Bleeding Bowls'. The two holes in the rim, pierced before firing in the kiln, are for suspension cords so tht the bowl could be displayed on the wall.
Approximately 25.4cm diameter. The bowl is in excellent condition except for a few small chips on the edge, noted in the photographs. These are confined to the rim so a successful restoration could be easily made.
Please study the photographs.
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