Clay Stainer for Egyptian Olla
Circular lid like shape. Unglazed ceramic. Decorative patterns are cut-out of the clay leaving small holes to strain water through.
Ollas are 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.