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Engraved Bronze Alloy Rose Water Sprinkler - LO.926
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1100 AD to 1200 AD
Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) high
Collection: Islamic Art
Medium: Quarternary Bronze

Additional Information: AS
Location: Great Britain
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Rosewater is a type of fragrance that enjoyed great success in the Islamic cultural sphere. The ancient technique of distillation was already well known but was further improved and described by Islamic scholars already in the 9th century. Much like incense, rosewater was used predominantly upon receiving guests and their hands were sprinkled with the perfumed water as a sign that the visit was coming to an end. This rosewater sprinkler features a cylindrical body with a domed shoulder, a short neck projecting into a relatively large splayed final part with a closed perforated plate covering the opening; the holes are small and simple, arranged in the shape of a rosette. The surface of the main body has been divided into three horizontal bands. The upper with a foliate inscription and three medallions, the middle with three medallions dividing scenes of pray (felines hunting goats) while the lower band is decorated by a cursive inscription, interspersed by three medallions. On the shoulder a row of small incised squares. The quality of the engraving and the decorative patterns featuring would seem to indicate a 12th-13th century date and a Transoxiana provenance. - (LO.926)


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