Bottles (Sprinklers), anonymous, c. 1700 - c. 1900
The form of these Iranian ‘swan-necked’ bottles is very elegant. They were extremely popular with western travellers and tourists and consequently are found in large numbers in European collections. One of these bottles was bought at the Persian Pavilion at the Amsterdam World Fair of 1883. According to a romantic tradition, the bottles with their distinctive spouts were used to catch the tears of women whose husbands were fighting at the front.