Swan-Neck Glass Bottle

Object Name: Bottle

Date: 19th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Glass, blue; dip-molded, blown, folded foot

Dimensions: H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Max. Diam. 4 5/16 in. (11 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.829


Long-necked bottles are among the few types of glass vessels produced in Iran after the seventeenth century, as local production was gradually being replaced by European imports. Pieces dating from this period, influenced by Venetian models, are typically very graceful in shape, this "swan-neck" bottle being an accomplished example. Nineteenth-century works also bear a minimum of surface decoration; the most common form is a mold-blown pattern of fine twisted ribs, such as on this piece. It is unclear how bottles of this shape were used, though sometimes they are known as ashkdans and were supposedly for collecting the tears of wives whose husbands were away at war.