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Pelaya: water jar

  • Pelaya: water jar © Ministerio de Cultura

    Pelaya: water jar © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Ceramics

Date

1901 - 1950

Original title

Pelaya: botija de pega
Guadalajara Museum
Guadalajara
Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha
Guadalajara

One of the few containers which is not only useful, but is also designed to entertain by playing practical jokes.

This ceramic vessel is made in the shape of a woman with arms akimbo. It has five holes: on her breasts, eyes and mouth. When water is poured in through her bun, it immediately comes out through one of these holes. She is known as "La Pelaya" because she represents a woman from the village of Huertapelayo.

Both the body and the head are made of different types of clay with the features painted on: the head is painted in black with white eyes and eyebrows, and the body in grey.
 

Details of the work

Origin
From Anguita (Guadalajara)

Object
Water jar

Dimensions
Height = 20 cm; Width = 15 cm; Diameter = 10,50 cm

Technique
By wheel

Material
Clay

  

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