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Seljuk Bronze Rose Water Sprinkler - SK.053
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1100 AD to 1300 AD
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high x 4.1" (10.4cm) wide
Collection: Islamic
Medium: Bronze


Additional Information: AS

Location: UAE
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Metalwork has always enjoyed a great prestige in the Islamic world. The beautifully shaped metal wares used at meals and banquets were regarded as a status symbol. As in ancient time, bronze household goods were prized for their durability and their natural beauty.

This bottle is a perfume flask, most probably used to contain rose water. Rose water was known to have been distilled by the Arabs at least as early as the ninth century. Sprinkling rose water was a pleasant way to freshen up a room, to scent one’s clothing or body. Rose water sprinklers could have been beautiful objects of luxury. This bottle has a cylindrical body, a rounded shoulder, and a flaring mouth with pierced holes. It is decorated with incised abstract designs consisting of circles, crosses, vertical and horizontal lines.

The form of the sprinkler is among one of the many found in Transoxania during the Early Islamic Period. Its origin appears to be common Sassanian silver bottle, of which examples are to be found in Perm, Baku, and Kharkov.

The craftsmen of the Islamic period founded an artistic language that became a recognizable characteristic of Islamic metalwork and which has continued with only minor changes to this day. Most of the Islamic metal objects are functional but artistic in their style. - (SK.053)

 

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