Mukkali and Cheppe
- Kaveri Ponnapa
Mukkali is a low, three-legged wooden stool, used on ceremonial occasions, or when it is necessary to mark status or offer respect. It is used at weddings where the bride and groom are both seated on mukkalis. The thaliyatakkibolcha (brass or bell-metal platter holding rice and a lit lamp) is placed beside the bride and groom on a mukkali. Ritual offerings of cooked food and alcohol made to ancestors were, by custom, placed on a mukkali. In an ain mane, before the use of tables and chairs became common, elders were offered respect by being seated on a palya (a sturdy, four-legged wooden stool), and eating off a platter placed on a mukkali.
Cheppe is a lockable box with a rounded, convex lid, often likened to the shape of a woman’s breast in folk songs. Crafted from copper, it was used to store valuables such as jewellery and coins and often buried for safety.
— From the collection of BP Appanna and Ranu Appanna