A Kashmiri mughal-style stippled bronze kangri
- A Kashmiri mughal-style stippled bronze kangri
Eight photographs from top, bottom and around the body of a stylized metal version of a Kashmiri kangri (coal fueled warmer) in typical Mughal dynasty form. Also sometimes called kanger or kangar. Used inside an overcoat-like cloak or as a hand warmer if more form-fitting attire is worn. Metalworked examples of the form are not common - the typical materials being reed covered pottery (insulating one from burns). It is believed this example was created sometime during the 19th century. The kangri is highly decorated with crisply chiseled details into the repousse decoration. The open worked, upper portion portrays a pair of pea fowl parading along the rim on a band of loops above loops of stylized ropes. Below the pea fowl is a band of flowers along the rim. The lower body portion is decorated with irises and intricate vines of morning glories and clematises among saz leaf paisleys forming a regular pattern atop a rather finely stippled ground. A flower head band again appears above a decorated, waisted foot with lattice worked, splayed rimmed base. The beautiful verdigris patina appears largely in the lattice work and the interior. The rest of the body, fowl, and stylized ropes show an alternating glint of polished bronze and dull patina of dark brown.
- Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
- Josephine Rathbone Papers
Rathbone, Josephine Langworthy, 1899-1989
Kashmir and Jammu (India)
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The history of personal hand warmers goes back in time for as long as humans have needed to stay warm. The style of brazier represented here originates from Northern India and is representative of a style popular during the Mughal empire (1555-1857), they are usually constructed of ceramic and covered in reeds. Braziers that are used exclusively for incense are known as censers. Kanger has deep roots in Kashmiri culture and its folklore. Just as a person is first greeted with a glass of water in hot climate areas, in winter every visitor to a Kashmiri family is provided with the warmth of kanger. A host feels proud sharing this display of traditional warmth. One Kashmiri poem says, ‘why should an individual share his kangri with a stranger’?
The item belonged to Dr. Josephine Rathbone and was given to Teresa Regina who later donated it to the Springfield College Archives and Special Collections in 2017;