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Arts of the Islamic World

Glass production in Iran was limited to the period between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries as imported glass vessels from Europe came increasingly into vogue. Such European glasswares are depicted in a number of large-scale oil paintings of the period. Nonetheless, glass water-pipe bases, bottles, and decanters continued to be produced natively and in a variety of colors. Most commonly, glass vessels were mold blown and included decorative devices such as the parallel spiraling ribs that animate the body and neck of this bottle. Other examples, highly distinctive of the period, are bottles with curving, asymmetrical "swans' necks" and a mouth similar in shape to a floral bud. Appreciated for their elegant shapes and clarity, such objects were used for the storing and serving of wine. Sometimes they would be filled with colored water and arranged within the niches of homes and public buildings as decoration.
MEDIUM Translucent deep blue glass; blown in dip mold
  • Place Made: Isfahan, Iran
  • DATES 18th-19th century
    DYNASTY Qajar
    PERIOD Qajar Period
    DIMENSIONS 13 3/4 x 4 5/16 in. (35 x 11 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 47.203.16
    CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Bottle, 18th-19th century. Translucent deep blue glass; blown in dip mold, 13 3/4 x 4 5/16 in. (35 x 11 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund, 47.203.16. Creative Commons-BY
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Blue glass rosewater bottle.
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