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Jug from Castril

  • Jug from Castril. Granada Archaeology and Ethnography Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Jug from Castril. Granada Archaeology and Ethnography Museum © Ministerio de Cultura



Decorative arts


18th century

Cultural background


Original title

Jarra castrileña

Thanks to its privileged geographical location, the town of Castril had the necessary natural resources to maintain a rich glass industry.

This object dates from the 18th century: it is a yellowish-green blown-glass jug with two handles, decorated with glass fittings shaped as birds and chains. The glass production in Castril started between 1490 and 1507, thanks to Hernando de Zafra, lord of Castril and secretary of the Catholic Monarchs.

The products from Castril were distributed all over Andalusia until the production stopped in 1878. The items produced were those typical of the glass industry: jars, bottles and carafes, to be used in kitchens, olive oil mills or cellars. However, on some occasions, maybe when the apprentices or workers had a test, or as a gift, beautiful and fantastic objects were made, full of folds, curls, threads, festoons, cords and rings.

Details of the work

Glass industry in Castril (province of Granada)




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