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Water Container
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The object is unique because it shows a bride in wedding dress on the top and it has two spouts for the water.

History of the Object
The container has the form of the horns of a buffalo and a woman in a wedding dress. In the horn is an opening, where water can be poured in and the second horn has an opening for pouring out the water. The container is a symbol for marital longevity. The ceremonial dress figure indicates that the vessel was used for ceremonies. The water it contained would have been considered sacred and refreshing embodying the concept of an ideal marriage.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Clay 
Measurements
Width 17,5 cm Height 24,5 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
required in 1885, 19th Century 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Sumatra; Lampung; Tulang Bawang 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Water container which was sometimes used for herbal potions. It was used in ritual ceremonies. It was usually used as a vessel to store drinking water. The porous nature of the clay keeps the water inside perpetually cool. 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum Nasional 
Museum
National Museum of Indonesia 
Credit line
 

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