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Secrets of Spurlock

A kavad

A kavad is a cultural item from India with painted panels (and sometimes secret compartments).

How is the kavad used?

Answer: A kavad, or storyteller box, is used in India by traveling storytellers. Sections of the box unfold, revealing illustrations of the tale.

Image: A kavad, storyteller box (2008.22.0007), courtesy of the Spurlock Museum.