Perfume Sprinkler (Qumqum)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

This long-necked glass bottle with a ring-shaped body would have been used for disseminating rosewater or another aromatic substance mixed with water. Rosewater was used for cooking and as a perfume to be sprinkled on guests at the end of a meal. The production of such sprinklers in Syria from the late eleventh to the mid-thirteenth century reflects another aspect of courtly manners in which attractiveness in all its forms was prized.

Perfume Sprinkler (Qumqum), Greenish glass; blown, applied blown foot, applied decoration

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