I have very similar cup with solid provenance; from a public fountain in a town in Greek Macedonia.
Arab and Farsi speakers recognized the letters but could not translate the meaning.
Having in mind the provenance, I thought it was from Ottoman empire. But, modern Turks were unable to read Arabic letters.
Finally, there was an Orientalist at the university who told me it was Turkish, written in Arabic and meant a quote from Quran :give water to the thirsty.
As for the dating, I think mine is 19th century.
Try with an Arab speaker or take pictures from every side of the cup.
Of course, I cannot be sure if yours is Ottoman, too.
Lassi cups are fairly common (Punjab), more often with floral décor (non Islamic), but also with Arabic inscriptions (Islamic region of Indian subcontinent before Pakistan independence and separation in 1947, so Indian historically).
Depicted here is my Ottoman cup, similar but not identical.
If one really wants positive identification, translation of Arabic lettering is needed (or at least the identification of the language).
Anyway, they are not a rarity, Ottoman better than Indian, unless really antique.
Tughra (if there is one) is definitely an indicator of Ottoman provenance.
dragonflywink wrote:Personally, seeing some sort of calligraphy, but not a tughra. Mine was purchased from a dealer who brought back dozens of them from a buying trip to India, and having seen many with extremely similar design also identified as Indian, sometimes from India-based sellers, unless provided with reliable evidence of Ottoman or Persian origin, will continue to call mine 'Indian'...
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