‘A water canteen was one of the few possessions commonly carried by most pilgrims.’
Washing and drinking are essential for most living things. For Muslims it is a requirement of the faith that they carry out ritual ablutions before prayer. As a result, basins are provided at mosques, and some of these are decorated with vegetal ornament and inscriptions. Similarly, for pilgrims to remain hydrated during their long voyages, a personal water canteen, made of pottery, was one of the few possessions commonly carried by most pilgrims.
Begun in hegira 852 / AD 1448, finished in 854 / 1450 Hafsid
The Midhat al-Sultan is an ablutions hall in Tunis that is constructed around a central courtyard and fountain. Within the arch of each wall, fountains empty into small basins in which the faithful could wash before praying in the mosque.