Current Location:
Shelf W4 (OS) -> Box 363
Location Notes:
IDC; Open Shelving; Section W; Shelf W4; Box 363

Egyptian Olla (Water Jug)

Artwork
Identifier:
2018.41.2
Artist:
Egyptian Artisan
Credit:
Gift of Jim and Virgina Goode
Medium:
Unglazed and low fire ceramic
Date:
circa 2001
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 13.5" Width: 6" Depth: 6"
Description:
Clay vessel with a thinner top than its wider middle. Decorative markings on the outside. Unglazed. Top “spout” area has an interior “lid” with small holes in it.
Historical Context:
These clay vessels are inexpensive and traditionally used for cooling drinking water. As they have been fired at a low temperature and not glazed, they are somewhat porous and water evaporates from them thus cooling what remains. In addition to being used in homes, they can also be found along the narrow lanes in cities and villages, placed there for use of thirsty passersby. They are gradually going out of use as refrigeration becomes more widespread in the region.