This neatly carved and wattled wooden ladle hanger comes from a southern Indian aristocratic kitchen. The upper end of the hanger is crowned by a carving depicting a pair of parrots perched on stylised foliage. The bottom end has a carving of a swan. Between these two ends is a wattled panel comprising diagonally crossed bars having perforations between the cross bars. The handles of the ladles to be hung are pierced sideways into the perforations and then turned frontwards so as to keep them entangled in the slot and prevent them from falling. The ladle hanger is one of the finest examples of its kind.


  • Title: Ladle Hanger
  • Date Created: 1901/1930
  • Location: Tamil Nadu
  • Physical Dimensions: L 91.2 cm x W 20 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Wood
  • Period: Early 20th Century

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