Model of Indian plough


Model of native-made Indian plough, Punjab agricultural Department, 1924

Model of native-made Indian plough, Punjab Agricultural Department, 1924.

This is a representative type of implement in use prior to the Christian Era, some of which may still be in use in the less developed countries. The early farming tools were often constructed from a suitably shaped branch of a tree, probably fitted with an ox-horn. These ploughs are unable to turn a furrow slice, but stirred the soil in a manner resembling the modern cultivator tine.

Women were also used in India in former times to pull the ploughs. Here, however, many of the ploughs were little netter than a pointed stick. This particular type was very widely used because of its simplicity, and low cost.


Agricultural Engineering
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copper (alloy), metal (unknown) and wood (unidentified)
overall (as displayed): 70 mm x 240 mm x 75 mm, 0.029 kg
model - representation
  • visual and verbal communication
Steinmetz, Mrs. B.M.; Steinmetz, Major A.S.B.

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