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Unguentarium,Ramallah 2010-Istanbul 2017 handmade glass bottles, sprouted weath, cotton, invisible wire


A tear catcher or tear bottle was used in ancient times to collect the tears to show the mourning. The pain can be reflected in different modes and it has a huge range of outcomes. Tears are among the most direct ones. In history, we come across ancient objects from different civilizations that have the function to collect tears. They can be both a mourning gesture and a symbol of hope. Instead of tears, these ancient tear bottles have been filled up with seeds. Seeds symbolize both the final stage of fruit/life and the potential new life of the tree.