Matara leather pilgrim flasks were used for the collection of holy water pulled from the Zamzam well located within the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. ‘The holiest location in Islam’
A metal example can be found in the Sandberg Hamin Museum, see Fulya Bodur, The Art of Turkish Metalworking, Istanbul, 1987, p.112, pl. A55.
A similar leather flask was sold at Sotheby’s, The Turkish Sale, London, 17th October 1997, lot 65.