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Nature volume 110, pages 713714 (25 November 1922) | Download Citation



Pottery-making on the Blue Nile.—In Sudan Notes and Records, April-July, 1922, Mr. H. A. Macmichael contributes a report, illustrated by sketches, of pottery-making on the Blue Nile. The vessels of which the manufacture is described are the Burma or pots for carrying and storing water, and the water-jars used for the Sagias or water-wheels. The implements used are a roughly smoothed lump of stone the size and shape of a penny bun, and an oblong, slightly concave, river shell, which, if unprocurable, can be replaced by a fragment of dry water-melon husk. With these the lump of clay is kneaded with donkey's dung, is beaten into shape, and smoothed. The industry of making the Sagia jars is not originally found in the Sudan, but is rather Nubian and riverain.

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