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The old lock making craft is close to becoming history in Iran.

Iranians were among the world’s top lock makers in the past, producing locks in the form of animals to fill the void created by the absence of sculpture in the country.

Since half a century ago, the lock making craft has been overpowered by the emergence of industrial padlocks.

What comes below is a collection of photos the Islamic Republic News Agency released on March 2 of old locks produced in Kerman, southeastern Iran:

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