Tala translates to a lock. These containers were used to keep ornaments and valuables. Oral narratives suggest that such containers were buried into the ground to safeguard them. The top ring would be used to pull the container out from the ground.


  • Title: Talakhuta (Container)
  • Location: Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
  • Type: Vastu (Object)
  • Contributor: Mansi S Rao, Ben Cartwright and Samrudha Dixit
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Metal (Brass)
  • Region: Marwar
  • Metal Craft Technique: Beating, Bending, Embossing, Fittings

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