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Silver & copper smiths chasing, gilding & polishing

Silver & copper smiths chasing, gilding & polishing

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 15/10(9)

Item number: 9

Length: 14.4

Width: 19.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a group of silver & copper smiths in a workshop in Jammu and Kashmir in India, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. These craftsmen, seated in a semi-circle, are chasing, gilding & polishing silver and copper vessels. A wide range of objects are made from silver and copper in Jammu and Kashmir; traditionally noblemen of the region ate from gold and silver dishes. The area is also famous for its pitchers, rose-water sprinklers and more recently the 'thal', a plate with a hidden compartment for hot water to keep food warm, made for a Maharajah. In Jammu silver-ware is also made for inclusion in dowries. In Kashmir popular patterns, engraved on cups, bowls, trays and tea and coffee pots, are the almond motif (badam), also used for shawls and known in the west as 'Paisley', and the 'chinar' or leaf of the Oriental Plane tree.

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