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Perfume Sprinkler

Object Name:
Perfume sprinkler
18th century
Attributed to Northern India
Glass, colorless; mold blown, enameled and gilded
H. 5 1/2 in. (14.0 cm) Diam. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
Perfume sprinklers such as these were filled with rosewater and sprinkled to scent a space during festive occasions. The lotus and other flowers in colorful enamel decoration reference the sweet smells found inside this elaborate bottle.
[ Saeed Motamed, Frankfurt, until 1975; sold to MMA]
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). p. 48, ill. fig. 54 (color).

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