Tankhuniya | In-built cabinet


Category: Manjush
Location: Bada Doongra, Banswara, Rajasthan
Cultural region: Vagad
Materials: Metal, Stone, Wood
Stone craft technique: Dressing, Masonry, Painting
Metal craft technique: Fittings, Painting
Wood craft technique: Joinery, Painting
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK

Unlike aada that are built into the walls as niches, the sides of a tankhuniya are built using the full thickness of the walls. In case of thefts or burglaries, it was harder to dig through from the outside into a tankhuniya as compared to the aada. Because of this, the tankhuniya was also used as a safe box.

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