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Potter at work, showing method of spinning the wheel, Ahmadabad

Potter at work, showing method of spinning the wheel, Ahmadabad

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/52(4922)

Item number: 4922

Length: 11.8

Width: 17.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of potters at work at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This image of two potters seated at wheel, with a third figure in the background was probably shown at an exhibition in Europe. The wheel is spun by pushing with a stick along the perimeter and when it reaches the required speed the clay is placed on it and worked. 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.

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