Model of a Kond thatched building

Model of a Kond thatched building

Model of a Kond thatched building
By members of the Kutiya Kond community
Belugunta, Ganjam, East-Central India
19th century
Metal lattice strips over a clay body
Height 10 cm x width 8 cm x depth 8 cm
Museum no. IM.113-1916

The building may represent a shrine to a local deity or possibly a village granary. It would have been used for religious purposes. The method of manufacture with strips of metal cast in a lattice pattern over the clay core is common among the Kond community, who live in remote, hilly areas of East-Central India.