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Potters of Ahmadabad 4923

Potters of Ahmadabad 4923

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/52(4923)

Item number: 4923

Length: 13.3

Width: 20.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of potters at work in Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This is a view of a potter seated at his wheel, with a donkey carrying packs of clay in the background. It was probably shown at an exhibition in Europe. 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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