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Brahmanabad, Hyderabad District, Sindh. Pottery

Brahmanabad, Hyderabad District, Sindh. Pottery

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1896

Shelfmark: Photo 1009/4(1532)

Item number: 1532

Length: 25

Width: 19.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of miscellaneous pieces and fragments: plates, bowls, jars, etc. from Brahmanabad in the Hyderabad District of Sind in Pakistan, taken by Henry Cousens in 1896-7. Cousens wrote in Brahmanabad-Mansura in Sind, Archaeological Survey of India, Annual Report 1903-04, "The earthen pot having been in so great demand for domestic use in every household throughout the brick and pottery districts of the Panjab and Sind, and being so fragile and often replaced, it is no wonder that the heaps of debris which cover the ground should consist largely of accumulations of potsherds...Fragments, and very rarely a whole specimen, of four distinct kinds are found, namely, a common red which is most abundant; common black, or rather dark grey, both plain and decorated; buff plain ware, of a harder material, not so common; and buff ware glazed both inside and out, which is rare...Amongst the first, or common red kind, are the pots which were used for the storage of water and other ordinary domestic purposes, some of them with spouts and lids. There were also found small plates and saucers with little handless cups in shape like a diminutive flower pot, and little lipped vessels for batties or oil lamps."

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