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Potters at work, near Karachi

Potters at work, near Karachi

Photographer: Michie and Company

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/52(4918)

Item number: 4918

Length: 19.1

Width: 26.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of potters at work, near Karachi in Sindh in Pakistan, taken by Michie and Company in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This scene is from the Vienna Universal Exhibition of 1873, and is described in John Forbes Watson's exhibition catalogue, as follows: "Photograph showing potters' yard, on the bank of the 'Lyaree' River, near Karachi, with potters at work. The man represented standing on the right of the picture is kneading the clay which has been previously prepared in the pit represented on the right. The centre figure is represented with a lump of unfinished clay on the wheel. The left-hand figure shows a drain pipe on the centre of the wheel which, on being removed, is cut so as to bisect it longitudinally, but not quite divided, and thus the pipe fashioned is easily formed into two pan-tiles. The background represents the kilns. Rubbish is used for burning the pottery."

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