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'Ashkdān', teardrops bottle
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Chosen and explained by Yuriko YAMANAKA "A Beautiful Object Attracts a Beautiful Story". A beautiful vase colored dark blue, like deep water. The narrow neck twists like a long wilting flower. The mouth at the crest of the neck is in the shape of a teardrop. Iranians say that it was used by a woman to collect tears of grief while waiting for her loved one who has gone to battle. Teardrops fall from her cheek into the bottle, and spiral down the curved neck. The amount of tears trapped at the bottom will demonstrate her devotion when the loved one returns home. How poetic and romantic, I thought, when hearing this story. But the bottle was actually used in Shi'ite mourning rituals until the 1930s. Later it came to be used as a rose water sprinkler or decoration. A beautiful object attracts a beautiful story, in the poetic sensibilities of Iranians.

History of the Object
The bottle was used in Shi'ite mourning rituals until the 1930s. Later it came to be used as a rose water sprinkler or decoration.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
glass 
Measurements
Width 11 cm. Height 30 cm. Length 11 cm.  
Creator name
Iranian 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Iran 
Geography
Iran 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
19th Century - 20th Century 
Function
water vessel 
Acquisition
Collected by Mr. and Mrs. Gluck around the 1960s and then purchased by Minpaku in 2000. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan (Minpaku) 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology 
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