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A decorative pounding stone.

Posted by
Devi (Chennai, India) on 14 August 2018 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Saw this in the hall of a very ancient temple.The hole on top has been covered by a measuring can. Paddy was put in a hole here and pounded. Even rice was pounded in this to get flour .

CASIO EX-Z60 1/60 second F/3.1 7 mm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

An interesting old object.

14 Aug 2018 5:10am

@Jypyä Pop: yes..very very. In many homes in villages, these are still used..but not so exquisitely carved:)

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Beautiful and functional.

14 Aug 2018 5:11am

@kiwisa: Yes..we had one in our home too...years ago..but a simple one..not ornamental!

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Très attrayant.

14 Aug 2018 6:01am

@tataray: Merci beaucoup tataray :)

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Belle trouvaille

14 Aug 2018 6:10am

@jpla: Thank you very much JP :)

badtgv from provence, France


14 Aug 2018 6:12am

@badtgv: Thank you very much badtgv:)

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

An interesting artifact so well explained.

14 Aug 2018 6:27am

@Michael Skorulski: Thank you Michael :)

omid from mashhad, Iran

A M A Z I N G !

14 Aug 2018 6:52am

@omid: Thank you Omid :)

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Great capture. It looks very historical.

14 Aug 2018 6:53am

@Kyu: It is..but theones in homes are simple :)

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

interesting stone !

14 Aug 2018 7:18am

@pascale: Thank you very much Pascale :)

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

great capture of this decorative stone :))

14 Aug 2018 7:29am

@Nina: Thank you very much Nina :)

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful !

14 Aug 2018 7:43am

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene :)

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

nicely documented

14 Aug 2018 9:40am

@grouser: Thank you grouser :)

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran


14 Aug 2018 10:39am

@fateme@@: Thank you very much fateme :)

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Interesting detail image.

14 Aug 2018 10:49am

@Willem: Thank you very much Willem :)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture of this beautiful relic!!

14 Aug 2018 11:56am

@Steven: Thank you very much Steven :)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great artwork !

14 Aug 2018 12:12pm

@Hiro: Thank you very much Hiro :)

Gigi Sis from Cincinnati, United States

Ural Ulakkai Nazhi ...
are these still used these days in farms and houses .. this is a unique piece..
.wonder what ..era ....chola pandia or just a decorative one ?
remember seeing people in pairs simultaneously pounding grains with 2 ulakkais in hourglass shaped urals in farmhouses.... they used to sing too..

14 Aug 2018 12:27pm

@Gigi Sis: This belongs to the Chola Era. In many homes in villages too, these are you have written- simple hourglass like stones- Some of them still sing...folk music as it is called. Somehow...the chillies / libtels / rice pound in these stones have good flavour!Thank you Gigi Sis for the comment :)))

Lewis from Harns, Netherlands

Beautifully made and decorated.

14 Aug 2018 1:21pm

@Lewis: Thank you very much Lewis :)

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the textures

14 Aug 2018 1:31pm

@Ruthiebear: Thank you very much Ruthie :0

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Such an ancient device. It is important judging by the carving on it.

14 Aug 2018 1:57pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you Steve :)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

A very useful tool to do many jobs.

14 Aug 2018 2:23pm

@B. Thomas: Yes...making chilli powder, rice flour, lentil powder etc.

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

This is an old and beautiful pot.

14 Aug 2018 2:24pm

@Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia): Thank you very much :)

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful artifact and still used.

14 Aug 2018 3:19pm

@beach: Yes beach..In many villages these are still used for making rice flour, chilli powder etc :) For me taste is distinct...better than the one we have when we use the blenders!

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Un beau détail ! J'aime

14 Aug 2018 3:48pm

@Martine Libouton: Merci beaucoup Martine :)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Precious rock ... looks like a piece of a splendid column ...

14 Aug 2018 4:11pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela :)

Don from Spokane, United States

A very interesting find to shoot and describe.

14 Aug 2018 4:54pm

@Don: Thank you very much Don :)

Sam from Chennai, India

What a beautiful capture of this interesting pounding stone. I have seen Pounding being done like a fine art with two people singing and in a great rhythm. A form display of a lovely culture. Thank you Devi. :)

14 Aug 2018 5:36pm

@Sam: Thank you Sam:) Many village homes still have these stone mills. We had one like this very long ago at our home too. Even now, the Temples make their Ashtabandhana medicine by using this Ural and Ulakkai :)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle ancienne statue et ce pot quelle couleur rouille superbe.
Belle soirée

14 Aug 2018 6:31pm

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup Nicou mon ami :)

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A beautiful pounding stone. I love how it is ornate yet functional. A lovely image.

14 Aug 2018 9:06pm

@Elaine Hancock: Yes,,, now we have plain pounding stones..

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I love it.

15 Aug 2018 12:23am

@Michael Rawluk: Thank you very much Michael :)

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

The ancients decorated even the most basic tools.

15 Aug 2018 12:37am

@Harry: You are right..even small things are ornate in a temple :)

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


16 Aug 2018 8:43am

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