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'Gāgrī', water vessel
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Chosen and explained by Makito MINAMI "Symbol of a Newly Married Couple". Gāgrī are highly regarded as wedding presents. A Japanese expression says that, “to separate a cooking fire means newlyweds become independent”. Whilst a copper water vessel, a gāgrī, therefore has a kind of symbolic value for the new couple, it also has practical value as a daily utensil and as their property. The pride and skill of Nepalese coppersmiths can be seen in its beautiful embossed decoration, suggesting the use of sophisticated embossed copperware techniques.

History of the Object
In a village in Nepal, water vessels named gāgrī are used to carry and store water for drinking and cooking. The water is poured into an āmkhorā or karuwā, a jug for daily use.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
copper 
Measurements
Width around 31 cm. Height around 47 cm. Length around 31 cm.  
Creator name
Nepalese 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Nepal 
Geography
Nepal 
Time period
AD 21th century ~ AD 21th century 
Creation date
21st Century 
Function
water vessel 
Acquisition
Collected in 1974 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan (Minpaku) 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology 
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