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Bellows for Igniting Coal Fire

1871/1930

Sanskriti Museums

Sanskriti Museums

The leather bellows mounted on ornately carved wooden legs has a mouth shaped like a stylised makara having protruding eyes, typical of southern Indian stone and wooden carvings.
Such bellows were used for igniting coal for large-scale cooking or even for melting metals or smelting iron by craftsmen.

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  • Title: Bellows for Igniting Coal Fire
  • Date Created: 1871/1930
  • Location: South India
  • Physical Dimensions: H 14 cm x W 35 cm x L 68 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Wood, Leather and Iron
  • Period: Late 19th Or Early 20th Century

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