Sprinkler Bottle with Fesse Emblem, Glass, colorless; blown, applied handles, enameled and gilded

Sprinkler Bottle with Fesse Emblem

Object Name:
late 13th–early 14th century
Attributed to Egypt
Glass, colorless; blown, applied handles, enameled and gilded
H. 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm)
W. 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm)
D. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Ruth Blumka, in memory of Leopold Blumka, 1974
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
Suspended from their handles, miniature perfume sprinklers were worn around the neck or tied to a belt. On this example, the Arabic inscription band praises an unspecified sultan. The fesse emblem, a simple band across the shield, was adopted by Sultan Lajin (r. 1297–99) and several amirs in the late thirteenth century.
Inscription: "Glory for our master the Sultan, the King, the knowledgeable one, the just."

'Izzun li-maulana al-Sultan
Al-malik al-Alim al-Adil
Kevorkian Foundation, New York (until 1970; its sale, Parke-Bernet, New York,December 18, 1970, no. 18); Ruth Blumka, New York (until 1974; gifted to MMA)
Wypyski, Mark. Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology. vol. 1. New York, 2010. pp. 114, 118, 119, 122-3, 126.