Object Name: Bottle
Date: 19th century
Medium: Glass, blue; dip-molded, blown, folded foot
Dimensions: H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Max. Diam. 4 5/16 in. (11 cm)
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.