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Gold and silver tape beater at work

Gold and silver tape beater at work

Photographer: Narayen, Shivashanker

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/52(4915)

Item number: 4915

Length: 18.2

Width: 22.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a gold and silver tape beater at work in India, taken by Shivashanker Narayen in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This image was shown at the Vienna Universal Exhibition of the same year. The worker here is beating gold and silver wires (tinsel) into flattened tape on a low anvil with a small hammer. The work is carried out extremely quickly and without missing any sections of the wire drawn off the holding reel. The tapes are used as decoration on a wide range of garments and may be sewn onto or threaded through woven fabrics. It was held that metal threads from India were less likely to tarnish than similar products from other sources.

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