Of a highly unusual form, this Persian Qajar (Northern Iran) ceramic bowl is in the same shape as the more commonly known beggar bowls made from the pod of the Coco-de-Mer. Dating to the 19th century, or possibly earlier, this vessel measures 9 1/2" long, by 6 1/4" high, and is roughly 6" wide. One end is flattened, the other round, and there are three knobs, each with a hole in it, possibly used at one time for suspension. The clay body is buff color, with a creamy slip glaze and decoration in cobalt blue, emerald green, yellow, magenta, turquoise, with black outlines, featuring two figures in rich floral and foliate surroundings. There is craquelure over the entire body, as is typical of Qajar ceramics, and the interior is mostly unglazed, with brown staining evident. There are several lines that extend into the body of the vessel, and are visible across the lip, though there are no chips or losses to the bowl. This bowl is a beautiful example of the vivid and rich decoration of Qajar wares, in a form that is rare.