A Toy Cart


Sanskriti Museums

Sanskriti Museums

Besides making terracotta pots and pans, potters across the State of Orissa produce a range of votive figures, roof tiles, tulasi chauras as well as a variety of toys.

This toy figure of an animal, perhaps a stylised bull, is mounted over a circular bowl-like base. Under the front legs there is a small figure of a calf while the bull is flanked by two male dolls. The entire contraption is placed over two twig axels-front and back. To either ends of each of these, hollow, wheel-turned wheels are attached. To stop the wheels from falling out, a twig each on either side is tied horizontally connecting the outer ends of the axels. The hand-modelled figures are adorned with pellets, and pinching technique. The toy cart is pulled with a string by the child player.

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  • Title: A Toy Cart
  • Date: 1971/2000
  • Location: Barapali, Bargarh, Orissa
  • Physical Dimensions: H 22 cm x W 17 cm x L 15 cm
  • Type: Decorative Arts
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Indian Terracotta/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Clay
  • Technique: Wheel turned, Hand modeled and Fired


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