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Bangladesh Small Terracotta Pot Set with Tray

$65.00
* Set of three small terracotta pots with tray
* Pot - 3.5" diameter, 3.75" height
* Have drainage holes
* Etched with stripe pattern
* Tray - 13.5" length, 1" height
* Glazed finish
* Handmade pottery
* Whitewash finish
* Made in Bangladesh
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The origin of pottery in Bangladesh traces to 2500 BCE. The Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa cities. The civilization declined in the 19th century BCE and resulted in the abandonment of the town. The rediscovery of the historical site in the late 1920s led to a series of excavations. Among the items found, some of the most prominent finds were pottery, and terracotta sherds of figurines, pots, and children's toys. Deposits of ash found in pots led to a conclusion that they served as heaters and cooking utensils. Many valuable objects from Mohenjodaro are conserved at the National Museum of India in Delhi and Pakistan's National Museum in Karachi. Other series of excavations at Mahasthan, Paharpur, Sabhar, and Mainamati in Bangladesh revealed more terracotta objects. Terracotta pottery plays a siginificant role in the cultural history of the country.

In the 15th to 17th century, builders used terracotta to build temples. These temples show the skill and creativity of early terracotta art. Using a simple wheel and deft fingers, potters today in Bangladesh make various functional domestic pottery like planters, pots, bowls, and toys. Potters achieve shape by using moulds or by hand carving. Once the clay dries, it is burned in a fire to solidify the product. Heating in fire gives the clay object a orange-reddish color, a very typical color of Terracotta pottery. Traditionally, they use to leave wet clay sculptures to bake under the sun for one year. The product durability greatly improved when the product was fired, and the process to fire the clay product is seen today.

In Bangladesh, potters collect clay from paddy fields and ponds about seven to eight meters below the surface. After collecting the clay from the ground, it is carried to the potters' village by boats or in a basket atop a person's head. It is common to preserve clay for a couple of months or up to a year to become suitable for shaping. The longer the clay is exposed to the elements, it increases its quality for pottery making. There are two traditional ways of making clay items in Bangladesh, on the wheel and by hand. Toys, dolls, and figurines are made by hand or using shape moulds. Pots, pans, jars, bowls, pitchers, storage vessels, etc., are made on the wheel or by combining both techniques. The wheelwork is typically a men's job and women do hand modelling, shaping, finishing, etc.
Terracotta pots we source for BanglaTerra include simple shapes and patterns like stripes and geometric shapes. Our products present a modern take on the traditional craft that has passed down from generations.