Rosewater Sprinkler (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

18th century
Indian
gilt silver, niello
probably Jaipur, Rajasthan, North India
Overall: 12 3/8 × 4 13/16 × 2 7/8 in. (31.43 × 12.22 × 7.3 cm)
2003.54
Like the tall vessel to the far left, this broad-shouldered container is a gulabpash, used ceremoniously to sprinkle rose-scented water on honored guests or privately as part of one’s personal toilette. The silhouette of this example probably imitates the shape of Mughal-period flower vases. It is sumptuously decorated with gilding and engraved floral designs set off by black niello. The other sprinkler’s intricate repoussé and chased decoration features around its body a delightful band of foliage inhabited by squirrels and birds.
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
Newsletter of the Decorative Arts Society, Inc., Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2004, p. 8, b&w ill.
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