Rose water sprinkler


National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi
New Delhi , India

The term ‘gulabpash’ refers to ‘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 body, long elongated necks and perforated tip. For making these vessels different materials; glass, silver, gold or gold, were used, which were decorated according to the stature of the user. This silver and gilded enameled gulabpash has a bulbous body for storing rose water, a little circular base and a long neck. The beautiful gulabpash is decorated with the Champlevé technique of enameling in blue and green colour. The artistically carved leafy scrollwork pattern covers the entire body on the Persian blue enameled surface. Foliage design is 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 the Lucknow centre of North India.


  • Title: Rose water sprinkler
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1700/1800
  • Location: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • Physical Dimensions: Silver, enameled, Ht. 27.5; Dia. base : 3.2; Cir.: 36 cm.
  • Accession Number: 91.12

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