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Metreb perfume bottle

Morocco, Fes
18th-19th century
Terra cotta, stanniferous enamel
35.8 x 15cm
71.1958.19.12
Ancient collection, Prosper Ricard

Designed to store rose water and orange blossom water which were used at the end of meals by the family and also the guests.

The enamelled pottery appeared in Morocco in the 12th century. It was made by men, the tullâya, in urban workshops in Fes, Meknes, Salé and Safi. The traditional perfume bottles express the refined taste of the bourgeois families. The patterns which decorate this bottle largely reflect the nature that surrounded the potter: olive stones, jasmine, almonds, acanthus leaves.