Rosewater sprinkler

Historical period(s)
Mughal dynasty, ca. 1775 -- 1800
School
Mughal School
Medium
Silver and gold
Dimensions
H x W: 27.8 x 10.5 cm (10 15/16 x 4 1/8 in)
Geography
India
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1990.1
On View Location
Freer Gallery 01: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Rosewater sprinkler

Keywords
India, Mughal dynasty (1526 - 1858), peacock, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

The scent of the rose, a beloved cultivar of the Mughals, was incorporated into every court encounter through the ritual misting of guests with rosewater. This ingeniously engineered bottle emphasizes the association between the rose's form and its fragrance. When inverted to sprinkle perfume, the petals on the bottle's mouth open outwards like a budding rose. Tame peacocks and peahens, which roamed Mughal gardens, appear here on either side of the flower-adorned vessel, arching gracefully back to preen their feathers. The subtle decorative flourish that lengthens the peahen's silhouette, to echo her mate's, exemplifies the balance of symmetry and naturalism intrinsic to the Mughal garden aesthetic.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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