Bottle with Sprinkler Top

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

Bottles of this form often contained bath oils. The knobs protruding from its sides (prunts) provided a grip should the bottle become slippery. The style of the birds around the top and the presence of inlaid decoration suggest a twelfth-century date. The inscription is formed of abbreviated words in Arabic, wishing the owner well.

Bottle with Sprinkler Top, Quaternary alloy; cast, engraved, inlaid with silver and copper

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