Perfume Sprinkler [Qumqum] with Birds

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

This perfume sprinkler or qumqum is of a characteristic type with an oblong body and a thin elongated neck, wide above the body and then tapering towards the lip, with enameled and gilded decoration. Although the decoration has faded over time, elements can still be made out. The red outline used throughout the design to create bands of decoration and roundels is the most complete survivor of the original design. Two medallions depicting a bird, once gilded, on a blue background, are drawn on the shoulder. Some remnants of yellow and green enameling and gilding can also be seen in various parts of the body.

Perfume Sprinkler [Qumqum] with Birds, Glass; blown, enameled, and gilded

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