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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Indian Art and Craft : Pottery Style In Use - 26

Not readily available outside Bengal, is the Mansa pottery. It represents the snake goddess and is a quaint, double curved pot with a face painted on it. Similarly, the Dakshinirai pots, found in the suderbans area, are round with a mouth signifying a crown.

Khurja, in Uttar Pradesh, a three hour drive from Delhi, is also well known for its inexpensive but tough tableware. Produced on a mass scale, fired at high temperatures, these pottery items retain their mud colour and are in great demand.

Rajasthan pottery has certain distinct characteristics. The mouths of water pots are small, probably to prevent spilling.

Alwar is noted for its paper-thin pottery, known as kagzi (paper) pottery.

Goa's earthenware has a charm of its own. A wide range of figures and panels, apart from attractive water and flowerpots, are made here.

Interesting buys are the black pottery and chillum (clay pipe) from Tamil Nadu. At Kottaikorai in Pondecherry, the slat-glazed pottery has a texture of orange peel. the painting is done before firing and most of the items are utilitarian - starting from candle-stands to water filters and tableware.

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