Potters at work with a stone wheel, Karachi Jail
Photographer: Michie and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Potters at work with a stone wheel in Karachi Jail in Sindh, Pakistan, taken by Michie and Company in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This image was shown at the Vienna Exhibition of 1873, and is described in John Forbes Watson's exhibition catalogue as follows: "The man in the centre of the picture is represented putting his wheel in motion [with a length of wood]. When it has acquired sufficient velocity, the stick is thrown aside and the pottery placed on the wheel, fashioned. The left-hand figure is represented fashioning an earthern pot with a beater held in the right hand. In the left hand inside the pot, a rest, represented in the foreground, is held." The kumhar (potter) makes unglazed terracotta or earthenware pots for storage of grain, spices or pickles. Vessels for eating and drinking are usually made of metal or glass. However, small disposable drinking vessels, that are used once and then thrown away, are made of terracotta.