Women with Water Jars
“Water is generally brought from the fountain, or cistern, in skin bottles, which the women carry on their backs, and a rope holding this in position passes round the forehead. If, however, they have no skin bottles, known as ‘kirby,’ they have big earthenware jars, which they carry on their heads.” --Philip Baldensperger, “Women in the East,” Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly Statement (1900): 173.
“A great part of their lives seems to be spent in going to and fro between the tent and the spring.” --C. R. Conder, Tent Work in Palestine (1878) 2: 284.
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