Potter at work, Pune (Poona)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a potter at work at Pune (Poona) in Maharashtra, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The kumhar (potter) makes unglazed terracotta or earthenware pots for the storage of grain, spices or pickles, and for transporting and storing water. The potter also makes bricks and tiles for housing. 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.