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The arms show a clay pitcher for storing water. It was customary to sink these empty pitchers in the sand overnight. The brackish water filtered through the clay and filled the pitchers with purified water. Thus pottery was an important handicraft in the region.
The above image dates from a manuscript dating from 1717/1720. The town currently does not use arms.
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Literature : Silva, de and Beumer, Illustrations and views of Dutch Ceylon 1602-1796, 1988.