Posted on: 29 December 2013

Painting; gouache and watercolour, Pot maker, Tanjore, ca. 1840 - ca. 1850

This painting provides a detailed depiction of
a potter’s workshop in Thanjavur. On the left a man is making domestic cooking stoves. In the centre two figures are increasing the size of the clay pots by beating them with flat wooden paddles. On the right a woman is applying red slip (liquid clay) to the outside of a water pot.

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'Kumhar or Kaḷimaṇ Kuyavaṉ Potters still use the same method of patting with flat mallet