Arab Name: Omani Baluchi Brass Rosewater sprinkler
Origin: Oman Baluchi, Zanzibar, East Africa
The use of medallions with abstract floral or animal designs in metal work may suggest that the design is originally derived from Persian metalwork. In Oman we used to find very fine antique brass containers and rosewater sprinklers with similar medallions containing floral designs but also funny cartoon like animals. Typically gazelles and leopards and occasionally peacocks or elephants) However we also find brass containers with just floral designs in the medallions
- Handwerk und industrie in Ost Afrika Hamburg 1910 by Franz Stuhlmann See also afb 75 p 131-132 Picture 75 contains a silver container with emblems containing flowers that was made in East Africa. The fact that abstract animals are used in the emblems on our plates may also suggest an origin outside Oman proper e.g. Zanzibar were Islamic rules were a bit more relaxed.
- Ruth Hawley Omani Silver Longman London 1978 (no page numbers)
- Arab & Islamic Silver by Saad Al-Jadir 1981 Stacey International p 210
- Throw down the anchor The story of the Muttrah souq by Maxine Burden, centre for Omani dress, Muscat Media Group 2014 pages 206-209 contains an article on the making of Rosewater in Oman.
- Oman and its Renaissance by Sir Donald Hawley Stacey International London 1987 page 143 photo with similar item
Below you find a Youtube film how rosewater is being made in Oman: