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Sonars (goldsmith caste) at work, Cuttack 4930

Sonars (goldsmith caste) at work, Cuttack 4930

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/52(4930)

Item number: 4930

Length: 20.6

Width: 27.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Sonars (goldsmith caste) at work at Cuttack in Orissa, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of India. The group of four men are seated on a mat; two are using blowpipes to heat metal and two are working pieces of metal with small hammers. This image may have been displayed at the Vienna Exhibition of the same year. In the catalogue of the Vienna Exhibition John Forbes Watson writes: "The Sonar or gold and silversmith is an indispensable member of the Indian social condition of life; and he is to be found in every village, almost in every hamlet, as well as in all towns and cities. In the Deccan, where original national institutions are preserved in village communes, and wherever they are at present existent throughout India - the Sonar is a member of the hereditary village council, which includes the carpenter and blacksmith, the potter, and other useful and indispensable mechanics, and is twelve in number, presided over by the patell, the hereditary magistrate or head manager."

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