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Circular cork water cooler, (botijo), surrounded by two wide circular brass bands and three brass sections on the side. On top there is a brass handle as well as a brass opening with an attached stopper, which has a conical lid, the latter decorated with bands of concentric circles. There is also a small brass mouthpiece with a brass lid attached by means of a chain.


water cooler

1 item (description level: whole)
Broad category
Anthropology: Ethnography
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  water cooler
object name (local):  cork water cooler, brass bound
object name:  water cooler
common name:  botijo

Valencia, Spain, Iberian Peninsula, Europe
Additional place information
made or collected:  Valencia 
Date made
late 19th century
Additional date information
date made:  late 19th century 

Materials & techniques
cork; brass
Additional material & technique information
material: cork (overall)
material: brass (overall)
overall: 319 mm x 215 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 319 mm x 215 mm

donor:  Victoria and Albert Museum  Undefined - 1934

Handwritten label in historical files reads: 'A Botijo or Moorish water cooler, only made at Saguntum (now called Murviedio) near Valencia in Spain. [NB Now the Camp de Morvedre. FK] The contents are poured into the mouth from the small pipe, without touching the lips.' Another label in the same file reads: 'From Dr Sieveking. A.J.R. Trendall Esq. South Kensington Museum. 'Mr Wallis' is also written on this label.

Related people
Victoria and Albert Museum
Related subjects
association: Food and Feasting
object name: water coolers

Record created 2000-01-22
Record last updated 2017-03-30

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