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Drinking wine from a qvevri in Armenia ca. 1923.


This fantastic image illustrates how “In many Armenian villages, the wine is stored in large jars in the ground”.  The image shows three men, one squatting who just ladled wine into a glass or tumbler, one standing who is regarding the glass of wine, and a third intently watching the man with the glass.  All three men are in front of some structure, perhaps a fence or the skeletal remains of a hut.  In the muddy ground between the men appears to be one open and one closed qvevri, or clay jar used to store wine.  The wine was ladled out of the qvevri using an onion shaped device with a square hole for the wine to enter and exit.  A bottle stands up right near the mouth of the opening.

Conservazione del vino in villaggi armeni. Beasley, Gertrude E. 1923. Società geografica italiana. [1]

Conservazione del vino in villaggi armeni. Beasley, Gertrude E. 1923. Società geografica italiana. [1]

The man with the glass is clearly older with his white mustache and beard.  His clothes also appear to be of higher quality.  Could he be considering the purchase of some wine or is he perhaps sampling his own wine?  What do you think?


[1] Conservazione del vino in villaggi armeni. Beasley, Gertrude E.  1923.  Code 11787.  Società geografica italiana. URL: http://www.archiviofotografico.societageografica.it/index.php?it/152/archivio-fotografie/sgi_master_dbase_8563/3248

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