This whimsical silver rosewater sprinkler is designed as a tall, slender cormorant about to swallow a large fish that holds a flower in its mouth. The flower is perforated and acts as the head of the sprinkler through which scented water is emitted.
The cormorant has two clawed feet which rest on a circular base decorated with floral patterns. Its body is delicately engraved with fine feathers. The wings of the bird are slightly out-stretched enhancing the dynamism of the composition.
The item is from Kutch. There are no maker’s marks.
An almost identical example is illustrated in Dehejia (2008, p. 148).
The example here is in perfect condition.
Dehejia, V.,Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj, Mapin, 2008.