Internship | Qualitative research

Rose water sprinklers

Determination and description of 61 silver rose water sprinklers mainly from India and some of China and Turkey.

Internship assignment

In the summer of 2017 the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen acquired a collection of 61 rose water sprinklers from India, China, North-Africa and Turkey. These were made both for local as for European markets. Some of these objects have a flask form, but some of them have the shape of animals, like birds, lions or elephants. Some of the objects are designed by a famous Indian silversmith in the late 19th century and some objects have an inscription in either English, Arabic or Hindi? These objects can be attributed to a certain event or person. On internet there are many websites on these items. In famous English Museum there are only few of these objects.

The intern will have to make a research into the use, style and iconography of these objects. The result will have to be a good description of the objects and the writing of a meta-data. The time needed for this research and the writing will be three till four months. The starting date of the internship is planned in the autumn of 2017. The research will be conducted at the office of the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam.

  • be registered as a MA student or PhD researcher throughout the internship period (in exceptional circumstances we accept advanced Bachelors students)
  • be able to work independently
  • have an excellent command of Dutch and English, both orally and in written form
  • be enthusiastic and able to take initiative
  • be a team player
  • have an affinity for museums, art and culture
Contact person

If you are interested in this vacancy you can apply by sending your cover letter and cv to Pim Westerkamp. We accept applications in Dutch and English.



Pim Westerkamp
Curator Southeast Asia
Ninja Rijnks-Kleikamp
Coordinator Research Center for Material Culture

Related files

internship_rose_water_sprinklers.pdf95.69 KB

Related events