A barber’s bowl was essential in providing their customers with a close and clean shave. With its shallow basin and inward-sloping rim, the bowl’s design allowed the customer to rest their chin on the bowl while the barber shaved their face. The semicircular opening in the rim was a key feature that allowed the bowl to fit closely against the neck of the person being shaved. Barbers would often hang their bowls on the wall when not in use as a way to keep them easily accessible and to show off their beautiful designs. That the bowl is in very good condition, with only some small invisible restoration to the rim, is remarkable considering its age.
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