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  • Place of origin:

    Fez (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Credit Line:

    Given by George Maw

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 32, shelf 6

This bottle was used for storing and sprinkling perfume or rosewater. It was made in Fez, an important centre for Moroccan pottery, where professional male potters created decorative tableware for urban consumers. It was donated to the V&A by George Maw, founder of Maw & Co., a British manufacturer of ceramic tiles. The company won many medals and awards at the international exhibitions which were a feature of the late 19th century. This bottle was displayed at the 1871 Annual International Exhibition held in London.

Physical description

Glazed earthenware sprinkler for perfume or rosewater. Polychrome decoration with blobs of unfired red pigment applied over the glaze.

Place of Origin

Fez (made)


ca. 1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware


Height: 24 cm, Width: 8 cm (maximum width)

Object history note

Accessions register entry: 'Cruet. Glazed earthenware, with decoration in bright colours. Moorish (Fez). (Annual International Exhibition, 1871.) H 9 ½ in., diam. of base 3 in. Given by G. Maw, Esq.'

Descriptive line

Sprinkler, tin-glazed earthenware painted in colour, Morocco (Fez), ca. 1870






Africa; Ceramics


Middle East Section

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