Place of Origin: Persia
Date: Circa 1890–1900 (Qajar period)
Height: 185mm (7.25 inches)
This glass rosewater bottle was made by the well-known Persian smith Ja’far and is marked as such on the base:
“Work of Ja‘far.”
The bottle’s square-based, rectangular body is covered in pierced and chased silver depicting eight birds perched in dense floral arrangements that emerge from a standing vase on each side. The edges show twisting vines and flowers while the round neck above also has similar floral patterns, this time spiralling towards the lid which is surmounted by a small, bulbous pommel. The bottle still has the dried remains of rosewater within.