Perfume Sprinkler (Qumqum)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

Globular‑bodied perfume sprinklers with marvered and combed herringbone designs were popular in thirteenth century Syria, and a few bear further gilded ornament. At first glance, this piece looks like an example of such a technique. Closer inspection reveals its pale blue zigzag design to be enamel‑painted on the cobalt‑colored body, in imitation of marvering.

Perfume Sprinkler (Qumqum), Glass, blue; blown, enameled, and gilded

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