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

Perfume Sprinkler [Qumqum] with Birds

Object Name:
first half 14th century
Attributed to Egypt or Syria
Glass, colorless with yellow tinge; blown, enameled and gilded
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Max. diam. 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
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.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1906; sold to MMA]
Wypyski, Mark. Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology. vol. 1. New York, 2010. pp. 117, 120-1.