Pitt Rivers Museum Anthropology and World Archaology




Water jar



Collected by Percy Amaury Talbot

Given to the Museum in 1914

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Water jar, Nigeria

Porous earthenware vessels, such as this double-spouted jar from Nigeria, are ideal for storing and cooling water in hot countries. Any liquid in the vessel percolates slowly through the walls to the outside where it evaporates, cooling the pot’s contents. This vessel was made by an Ekoi potter, and has been decorated with a raised pattern and red paint.

View database record 1914.26.61