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Glass Perfume Bottle
Mannerist Perfume Bottle German, late 17th century, formed as a pilgrim’s bottle, ribbed, encased in elaborate silver strapwork mounts with complex, often obscure symbolic devices in the Mannerist vocabulary, young female semi-nude as finial to screw cap, unmarked, 10-1/2 in.; notebook of research material accompanies this item moderate wear, professional repair to one side of strap work, good condition considering age. Provenance: Creech Collection, North Carolina
Lachrymatory or tear catcher. :P ~ The history of the tear bottle is captivating and poignant. Tear bottles were prevalent in ancient Rome and Egypt, when mourners would collect their tears and bury them with loved ones to show honor and devotion. Tear bottles re-appeared during the 19th century Victorian era, when tears were collected in bottles with special stoppers; the teams evaporated and once gone, the mourning period ended, but the bottle remained as a token of eternal devotion. ...