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SEARCH RESULTS: TOPIC: Household and Daily Life / OBJECT: Ceramic water bottle

Ceramic water bottle
Saqa moli

Container consists of six conjoined spherical bulbs joined together by six cylindrical stirrups coming together at the centre. Moli refers to a cluster of citrus fruits. Decoration over the entire surface consists of pinched knobs, punctations and incisions. After forming from the clay by paddle and anvil, the vessels are allowed to dry for a week or so in the shade after which they are fired in an open fire. A glaze-like appearance is obtained by painting on a resin, makadre, from a kauri pine. In use, water is poured into the hole at the top of one of the spheres, and a short spout on the opposite side of the vessel allows water to be poured into the mouth.
Reg. Number: X16326
Acquistion Details: Purchased from R.E. Johns Estate, 1910
Dimensions: L.195mm W.185mm H.115mm
MV Collection object
Pottery water bottle
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