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Rose water sprinkler

Origin: China, Jingdezhen
W: 1 1/8" H: 2 1/4"
Porcelain, hard-paste
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Acc. No. T125-2013,16
Fragment of a rose water sprinkler excavated from the site of a 17th-century house located southwest of the Chiswell house, 02GA–0007
Label:This small fragment is from a rosewater sprinkler, a form adapted from metal examples used in India or Persia. Rosewater was a popular fragrance used to scent interiors in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Porcelain examples were typically fitted with pierced silver caps. In Europe, grouped together and displayed on furniture or elaborate wall brackets, these vessels were more likely decorative than utilitarian. This fragment is the only known evidence of this form in colonial America.