Friday, July 29, 2011

The Water Cooler


In a country with heat like ours, water is very important. Traditionally it is something that people provide for others. During Mameluke times people built sabils throughout the city where people and animals could get a drink. This tower contains terracotta jugs that absorb some of the water and then cool their contents through evaporation through the walls.

6 comments:

Madge said...

Interesting history and photo as well...

Gemma Wiseman said...

Those jugs are not only practical but they are beautiful pieces of artwork!

Shammickite said...

Are these pots for sale?

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

They are for sale in other places but this is just a place for using them as water coolers.

Star said...

Made me think of that marvelous painting by Velazquez, The Water Carrier of Seville...the evaporation through the jug can be seen clearly: http://ah112.tumblr.com/page/3

Jimmy said...

Quite amazing, actually. Proves once more that you don't need technology to have things your way. :)

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