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Indian; Cutch

Pair of rosewater sprinklers c.1870-75

RCIN 11475

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The decoration of these rosewater sprinklers is inspired by the tale of the two 12th century competing goldsmiths in Patan, Gujarat. One goldsmith produced a fish out of gold that could float in water. His opponent produced a crane that pecked and drowned the gold fish and was declared the winner.