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Glass, Room 131

Perfume Sprinkler

17th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The glassmakers from Murano, an island off Venice, were renowned for their skills and imaginative designs. This glass perfume sprinkler was partly blown in a mould to give it the appearance of a stringed instrument. The added details in blue glass provide it with bird-like features, while the long spout is shaped like a snake. The flow from the spout could be regulated by placing the thumb over the blue-rimmed hole in the side.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Mould-blown and tooled glass, with added blue details
Brief Description
Perfume sprinkler, blown glass, Italy (Venice), 1600-1700
Dimensions
  • Height: 32.5cm
Styles
Summary
The glassmakers from Murano, an island off Venice, were renowned for their skills and imaginative designs. This glass perfume sprinkler was partly blown in a mould to give it the appearance of a stringed instrument. The added details in blue glass provide it with bird-like features, while the long spout is shaped like a snake. The flow from the spout could be regulated by placing the thumb over the blue-rimmed hole in the side.
Other Number
8527 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession Number
74-1853

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record createdDecember 13, 1997
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