1895 Print over 120 years old The Delta Primitive Corn Mill available unframed x


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Antique print dated 1895. The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.

In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a brown frame with mount.

Frame size 400mm x 370mm. Available also in a gold frame, your choice. RtW.111.

Entitled – The Delta. A Primitive Corn-Mill.

Below the picture an inscription reads:

Delta. – Between Alexandria and Cairo, the train passes through the marvellously fertile Delta of Egypt. The soil here is the rich mud deposited by the Nile; and the divisions of land are not, as in most places, made by hedges and walls, but by innumerable little canals running like a network of silver threads over the vast verdant plain. The Nile, by the way, is the only river of Egypt, and its length from its source in Lake Vicoria Nyanza to the Mediterranean is 4,062 miles. The breadth of this ancient river varies from 1,324yds. at Assouan, to 440yds near Luxor. On his way to Cairo, the observant traveller will notice how primitive are the agricultural implements used by the natives – implements that take us back to Biblical times. Watering the land seems to be one of the chief occupations of the inhabitants of the Delta, and this is done with the shadoof and the sakieh, both notable Egyptian institutions. The shadoof consists of a long pole, made heavy at one end and resting on a pivot; at the other end is a bucket, or large watertight basket, which is lowered into the water and filled, and, as the heavy end of the pole goes down, it turns its contents into a little gutter, whence it is worked by the foot into the appointed channels. The whole apparatus is simply a kind of see-saw; and the operation is referred to in Deut. xi. 10-12. The quaint old plough used in this district is made familiar by illustrated Scriptural books; and it is sometimes drawn by a camel and an ox, “unequally yoked” together. Our illustration shows a primitive mill, used for grinding corn to this very day. The skieh is a water-mill of cogged wheels, turned by a camel, and each revolution works up a series of earthen pitchers, which empty themselves into a trough or pool.

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Weight4.41 kg
Dimensions50 × 40 × 6 cm
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