Model of a Bidri craftsman


Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
Mumbai, India

The term ‘Bidri' comes from Bidar (Karnataka), the main centre of this craft in India. Three kinds of craftsmen are involved in the manufacture of Bidri ware, the moulder, the engraver and the inlayer. From the moulder, the vessel passes on to the engraver who chisels the designs with gold and silver inlay. Seen here is an engraver with his tools. The art of Bidri flourished in Bidar, Lucknow, Murshidabad and is still practised.


  • Title: Model of a Bidri craftsman
  • Date: 1900/1935
  • Location: V&A Museum, Bombay
  • Material: Half-baked terracotta and pigment.
  • Gallery: Industrial Arts Gallery

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