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    Unusual Silver Fish Rosewater Sprinkler

    possibly Kalimantan, Indonesia
    19th century

    length: approximately 23cm, height: 16.7cm, depth: 6.7cm, weight: 492g

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    Provenance

    Collection of Julian Sands, UK/US.

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    This whimsical vessel in the shape of a fish is of chased silver and actually serves as a rosewater sprinkler. Possibly of Indonesian manufacture.

    The fish is fleshy, and chased with scales and extravagant fins and eyelashes. The mouth is open with what might be described as a smirk baring fangs and teeth. The eyes bulge and the nostrils are raised. The fish is fixed to a silver platform or plate that is engraved with waves and six fish motifs.

    The lower part of the tail is fixed with a hollow round pierced sphere through which the rosewater is emitted. The tail screws off (clockwise in the traditional Indian manner rather than anti-clockwise) to allow the vessel to be filled.

    The sprinkler is in an excellent condition. There are no maker’s or assay marks.

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