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Friday, July 3, 2015

JARRA

jarras de alfarería, Ar jarrah, Eng earthenware pitcher, jugs. They were used to conserve smoked meat in fat, olive oil, honey, dried fruits and flour. In the 10th C they were sold in the market of León by women from Tornarios, León. Earthenware jugs are made in several parts of Spain as there is plenty of clay and dry weather. Talavera de la Reina (Toldeo), Mensis (Valencia), Granada and Orense (Galicia) are just a few areas were these marvels can be found. [Benavides-Barajas. Alhambra. 1999:53; ES: Salloum. Jun 28, 05; and Sánchez-Albornoz. 2000:47]

NIÑODAGUÍA. Junquera de Espadañedo, Orenso, Galicia.
Photo from: Josercid

Josercid relates that he read on a website in 2008 that Augustín Vázquez Gerreiro, one of the few potters left in Niñodaguçia, stated ‘ . . . . society is impoverishing itself by allowing this beauty die. In this society, the aesthetic is a plastic container. If you say that God was the first potter, few trades can be more noble. Few objects can come out of the hand of man can that combine beauty, simplicity and elegance like this humble earthenware jar. '

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