Bottle with Sprinkler Top

Object Name: Bottle

Date: second half 12th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran, Khurasan

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Quaternary alloy; cast, engraved, inlaid with silver and copper

Dimensions: H. 6 1/16 in. (15.4cm)
Max. Diam. 3 in. (7.6cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, and Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1998

Accession Number: 1998.234


This prunted bottle, a familiar type from the ninth through the twelfth century, is unique for its sprinkler top and crown of birds. The inlaid decoration suggests that it belongs to the later phase of production, probably in the late twelfth century. The six stylized birds sitting on a protruding branch, their tails raised and heads turned backward, are especially captivating. The silver-inlay inscription, formed of abbreviated words, wishes the owner well.