Child's Walker


Sanskriti Museums

Sanskriti Museums

This beautifully carved lathe-turned and lacquered walker has a horizontal handle-bar mounted on top of two vertical elements and an axle at the bottom of this structure. Two wheels are attached at two outer ends of the axle bar while from the centre of the axle issues another bar orthogonal to the axle to which a third wheel is attached at the outer end making a sort of a tricycle. Just above each of the two rear wheels two miniature wooden pavilions are perched, attached to two iron brackets, in such a way that when the wheels move, the pavilions keep turning on account of friction between the horizontal axle and the bases of the pavilions.
The walker, one of the rarest examples of its kind, marked by refined lac-turner, fine carving and simple kinetic devices, certainly once belonged to an aristocratic family. The figures of the lions with typical stylization of posture and protruding eyes are typical of southern Indian aesthetic tradition. On the front axle there is a wooden figure of a galloping horse.

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  • Title: Child's Walker
  • Date Created: 1901/1930
  • Location: Southern India
  • Physical Dimensions: H 65 cm x L 54cm x B 50 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Painted Wood and Iron
  • Period: Early 20th Century


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