A Padlock


Sanskriti Museums

Sanskriti Museums

This forged and lattice work iron padlock, in the form of a peacock is ingenuously designed. The main lock is in two parts-the belly and the neck of the bird is one part which has a locking device with a latch and the keyhole, while the tail is the second part which has a peg into which the latch gets inserted when the key is turned.
Before the arrival of the western locking devices incorporated into the door itself, a system of hanging padlocks on a latch attached to the door was commonly used. Blacksmiths designed and manufactured such locks, often with multiple levers for enhanced security. Nature of patronage and function defined the design and aesthetic quality of the lock.

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  • Title: A Padlock
  • Date Created: 1901/1930
  • Location: Southern India
  • Physical Dimensions: H 20 cm x L 38 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Iron
  • Period: Early 20th Century


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