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Swan-neck Bottle (Ashkdan)

Object Name:
Bottle
Date:
19th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Glass, greenish; dip-molded, blown folded foot
Dimensions:
H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm) Max. diam 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1883
Accession Number:
83.7.255
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
The distinct tear-shaped opening at the top of this bottle was carefully tooled while the glass was still molten, and flows into a thin, curvilinear neck, before expanding to a globular body resting on a low foot. The visual resemblance to the curved and attenuated neck of a swan has inspired the name of these types of bottles, but according to folklore, these bottles were used as "containers for tears," (ashkdan) meant to collect the sorrows of wives separated from their husbands.
Henry G. Marquand, New York (until 1883; gifted to MMA)
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