As late as the 19th century, the whole of western Crete was still being supplied by about 50 potter families in Margarites with the same clay vessels that filled the magazines of the Minoan palaces three and a half millennia ago. In every Cretan household there were several of the sometimes man-sized storage vessels, the pithoi, filled with oil, olives, grain and wine.
But since more and more people on Crete live in cities, the unwieldy pithoi have gone out of fashion. So the remaining potters in Margarites and Thrapsano mostly make smaller vessels.

Information about taking this photo

  • Camera: Olympus TG-2
  • Focal length: 4.5mm
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s
  • ISO: 100
  • Taken: 4 June, 2018

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