Posted on: 26 December 2013

Opaque watercolour painting on European paper of a toddy tapper and his wife. The man wears a turban and short lower garment, and holds with his left hand a Palmyra palm stem from which hang two clay pots, filled with palm juice, on his right shoulder. In his right hand he carries a knife. From his belt, a palm-leaf container hangs and an unidentified object protrudes. His wife carries a large heavy pot on her head.

Company School
1830-1835 (circa)
Tamil Nadu

© Trustees of the British Museum

 View Post on Facebook

Comments from Facebook

The unidentified object is the broad knife used by the toddy tappers even today, to thinly slice the palm, from which the toddy oozes out and collected in the pot.