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A silver-and-gilt ewer from sixth-century Iran retains the bird shape of many far more ancient wine vessels but is decorated with females attaining religious ecstasy through wine. Because the flow of wine through the narrow neck produced a sound reminiscent of a songbird’s call, this particular type of ewer was called a bolboleh, from the Persian word for the songbird, bolbol >>> Next

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Seven thousand years of wine
Excerpt from Najmieh Batmanglij's "From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table"


August 28, 2006
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