Water Pot Type 1

circa 19th to 20th century

Jaipur Virasat Foundation

Jaipur Virasat Foundation
Jaipur, India

A multi-purpose globular vessels was used to retrieve, carry, store and pour water in homes, in temples and for travel. The shape of the lota facilitates the flow of water at the angles of typical usage, and the elegantly reflexed rim enables a comfortable hand grip. Since the object was - and still is - associated with several daily rituals and channels the need of the user - several verses are written in Urdu and Sanskrit to express the positive experiences the object encourages. One such is, Preet karo to aisi kije, jaise lota dor, gala fasaaye aapna, paani piye koi aur. (Be like a lota, water container - while it has a rope or a thread tied around its neck, it yet quenches the thirst of others.) This is love and affection.


  • Title: Water Pot Type 1
  • Date Created: circa 19th to 20th century, circa 19th to 20th century
  • Location: Rajasthan, IN, Rajasthan, IN
  • Physical Dimensions: 5.75 (h) x 5 (d) in
  • Type: Utilitarian Object
  • Contributor: Vinod Joshi
  • Medium: Brass
  • Photography: Nupur Agrawal
  • Hindi Word: Lota

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