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Mendicant’s Pot

1901/1930

Sanskriti Museums

Sanskriti Museums

This oval shaped coconut shell pot carried by mendicants has a wooden handle, a brass lid and a cow-head gargoyle from which water can be poured out by tilting the pot.
Mendicants used the pot for ablutions and for drinking water. The cow-head gargoyle makes the pot sacred for the Hindus as the water flowing from the cow’s mouth would be considered holy.

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Details

  • Title: Mendicant’s Pot
  • Date Created: 1901/1930
  • Location: Southern India
  • Physical Dimensions: H 25 cm x L 40 cm x B 17 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Coconut Shell, Wood and Metal
  • Period: Early 20th Century

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