Object of the Month
Painting of blacksmiths, India
Three men are at work: one tends the fire with bellows and the others hammer hot metal on an anvil. In India, the caste system is based on different hierarchical groups or varnas defined by occupation. The Viswabrahmin caste comprises five sub-groups - carpenters, blacksmiths, bell metalworkers, goldsmiths and stone masons - all said to be descendants of Vishwakarma, a Hindu deity. Purchased from Charles Green in 1950: PRM 1950.11.1 B
Part of a new display of metalwork in the Lower gallery as part of the VERVE: Need / Make / Use project.
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