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Rose Water Sprinkler (Gulabpash)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This silver and guilded enamelled gulabpash has a bulbous body for storing rose water, a little circular base and a long neck. The beautiful gulabpash is decorated with the Champleve technique of enamelling in blue and green colour. The artistically carved leafy scroll work pattern covers tyhe entire body on the persian blue enamelled surface. foliage design on the shoulder of the sprinkler and it has beautiful leaf patterned on narrow base. it is a beautiful example of late 18th century enamel work of Lucknow centre of Northern India.

History of the Object
The term Gulabpash refers to the Rose Water Sprinkler. Soft sweet fragrance of rose flower had attracted the royals and nobles to use it in number of ways, besides rose flower garland. The gulabpash is the most widely used vessel, which was used for sprinkling rose water during the royal courtly etiquette, social customs and ritualistic ceremonies. Usually gulabpash has a globular , long elongated neck and perforated tip. for making these vessels different materials ; glass, silver, gold were used.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Silver, enamelled 
Measurements
Height: 27.5cm, Diameter (Base): 3.2cm, Circle: 36.0cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century 
Function
To sprinkle rose water in official occasions 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
National Museum, New Delhi 
Acknowledgements
National Museum, New Delhi 
Owner
National Museum, New Delhi 
Museum
National Museum-New Delhi 
Credit line
National Museum, New Delhi  

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