Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sandalwood carvers at work--Photographer: Unknown Medium: Photographic print Date: 1873

Sandalwood carvers at work

Photograph of sandalwood carvers at work in India, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of Indian Collections. This image of three woodcarvers seated with examples of their work in the form of finely-carved wooden boxes was probably shown at the Vienna Exhibition of 1873. The carving of sandalwood boxes is one of the traditional crafts of India and many examples were sent to the exhibition by a number of craftsmen, particularly from Bombay and Madras. Examples exhibited included workboxes, handkerchief and glove boxes, jewellery and money boxes together with many other carved objects.

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