Featured Mexican Red Clay Slip-Glazed Water Jug & Cover

Discussion in 'Pottery, Glass, and Porcelain' started by wlwhittier, Jul 10, 2024.

  1. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    The vessel is ~12 1/2" high overall, ~10" wide; the neck is ~4 1/2" long, the base is ~6 1/4" diameter. It weighs ~4 lb 10 oz.
    Somehow I have the idea that these are called Ola (O-yah) in Spanish, but cannot now confirm that. The exterior burnishing may obscure what I strongly suspect is a coil-built body. The cover seems to be only for keeping insects an' misc. debris from getting inside, an' shows the same clay an' slip finish as the vessel, otherwise it doesn't appear to belong to it...but it was with it 35 years ago when I got it from a friend, a retired Southwest cultural scholar who had acquired the jug in Mexico in the 1940's. That's about all I know to tell y'all about it. I welcome your comments an' observations. Thanks for lookin'!

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  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Correction for your post. It's olla (pronunciation oy-ya.) An ola is a wave.

    I'm not too familiar with that shape and doesn't look particularly Mexican to me but not my area of expertise. Here's a very similar water jug in polychrome from México.

    An olla is typically used to describe a cooking pot like those below.


    Your piece might better described as a botellón (big bottle) or cántaro de barro (clay pitcher or jug.) This listing uses both names.


    Last edited: Jul 10, 2024
  3. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    These, when made by Pratt and other Devon potteries, were called water monkeys. Some designed by Dresser.
  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    How fab! Didn't know that term.

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  5. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Very good, Debora...Thanks!

    How fab! Didn't know that term.

    Neither did I...
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