Curating Asian Art

Antique Wooden Grain Measure

Antique Wooden Grain Measure


A rare palm wood grain measure with a brass lined base and rim. Palm wood is quite difficult to work with, and this hand-carved piece, while simple, was likely very labor-intensive. The measure also features brass crescent moons and looped handles and is most likely made in South India. The collectible is in very good antique condition with minor wear from age and use, including some darker spots on the exterior.
Ancient Indian systems of measurement often used vessels such as these to measure grains for trading. It was only later during the British Raj that modern systems of weights and scales were introduced.

This is an example of those times when people used granaries at home and barter system was also a means of exchange. Like said earlier an Antique Wooden Grain Measure such as this was used even before the invention of weights and measure is a piece from the simple past of our country.

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Additional Information

Weight 9.0 kg
Dimensions 11 in

South India


15 Inches




Mumbai, India


Palm Wood

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