The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

black & white photographs taken by Ursula Graham Bower between 1937 and 1946

caption: Kuki brass-casting by cire-perdue process, Kholen Khailet village
medium: photographs
location: Kholen Khailet
form: 35mm negatives
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: [1.1939] after 17th[2.1939] before 9th
note: information based on catalogue compiled by photographer unless in square brackets
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: BT NO 935, 1)-18)
Caption:The core is made of metal wrapped with rag
Caption:The core is covered with a mixture of clay and chaff
Caption:Kukis watching the process
Caption:The clay covered core is wrapped with wax
Caption:The wax is trimmed to the right shape with a knife
Caption:A criss-cross design is incised on the wax with a sharp bamboo sliver
Caption:The wax and core are covered with a clay and chaff mixture
Caption:Close-up of Kuki craftsman. The casting cracked due to, the old man said, the large audience attracted by my presence. I had considerable difficulty in persuading the old man to allow me to watch the process and the large audience was the final straw. This was another example of the common belief that anything which is too much talked about or attracts too much attention will fail, or be marred as a result. I have met this almost everywhere among the hill tribes.
Caption:The mould is placed in the furnace. The bellows can be seen on the left
Caption:The moulds are removed from the furnace after the metal has been poured in
Caption:Trimming the cast pipe-bowl with a file