Antique 19th c Islamic Indian Silver Rosewater Sprinkler Kutch India
Antique 19th century circa 1850, Islamic Indian solid silver rose-water sprinkler (Gulab Pash), of typical Mughal form, rising from a circular base to a globular body ornamented with finely repousse and chased flowers encircled by cartouches of beaded linework to the top and bottom, and is with a band of embossed acanthus leaves in relief. The knopped stem leads to a long-tapered neck with finely chased swirl-motif with leaves, terminating on the end to a flower form head.
MEASUREMENTS: Height: 25 cm (9.84 inches)
WEIGHT: 187.6 grams (6.62 oz)
CONDITION: In good condition considering its age, showing age and usage, small dents on the rim of the base, no repairs or restoration.
In India, rosewater sprinklers or gulab pash have been used since the time of the Mughal Empire (1526-1857). They were fashionable in the Mughal court where they were used to sprinkle guests when they arrived.
References: Zebrowski, Mark. Gold, Silver & Bronze. London: Alexandria Press LTD, 1997.