Glass, colorless; blown with internal rib, folded foot, applied handles and decoration
H. 13 in. (33 cm)
Max. diam. 3 15/16 in. (10 cm)
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1883
Not on view
Like most Qajar-period glass vessels, this sprinkler is monochromatic with an elegant profile and minimal surface ornamentation. Characterized by a bulbous body and very high, narrow neck this form was one of the most common in late-medieval Persian glass. The small tapered mouth was used to sprinkle fragrant water infused with rose petals and other perfumes. A trail has been applied along the neck in a spiral, and applied goffered bands adorn the four delicate handles of the vessel. The elegant silhouette emphasizes its lightness and fragility.
Henry G. Marquand, New York (until 1883; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Metropolitan Vanities: The History of the Dressing Table," December 17, 2013–April 13, 2014, not in catalogue.