Bottle with Sprinkler Top

Object Name: Bottle

Date: second half 12th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran, Khurasan

Medium: Quaternary alloy; cast, engraved, inlaid with silver and copper

Dimensions: H. 6 1/16 in. (15.4cm)
Max. Diam. 3 in. (7.6cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, and Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1998

Accession Number: 1998.234


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.