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DGJ_4740 - Sand Bottle

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My treasure from Petra, Jordan, I am not sure what I paid but believe that it was approx. $20 US. It is about 6 inches high and 3 3/4 inches wide, to buy a large one it has to be remembered they are heavy.


Among the most popular things to buy in Jordan are the decorated sand bottles, sometimes with the most intricate designs done in the sand, with the aid of a knitting needle and a funnel! It is best to buy the bottles in Petra, where the sand used is almost always the natural sand of the rocks, other place will used dyed and bleached sand that will fade over time. These bottles and the sand in them are often referred to as "Petra's treasure".


Prices of these bottles vary enormously according to the design and the size of the bottles. While the fair-sized bottles shown above seem to have pretty detailed designs. Some of the work done is quite extraordinary. You can gauge the quality of the bottles on sale by the number of dishes of coloured sand nearby: a good worker might have ten or twelve different colours available.

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Taken on January 29, 2010