Bastar The cymbal musician statue

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The sacred is lived, in the animist tribes and among the Dokras craftsmen on a daily basis, but is particularly magnified during the numerous ceremonies punctuated by music. More...

Height : 6.89'

Weight : 1.83 lbs

Sacred Art

Lost wax casting

Origin : Chattisgarh - India




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The Bastars people


The Bastar is a district of South India in the state of Chattisgarh, it was an independent kingdom from the 14th century until its integration into India in 1948.
The tribal population accounts for 70% of the population of Bastar district: the main tribes are the Gonds - the Abhuj Maria and the Bhatras. Most of them have kept their traditions (cooking, clothing, festivals...) and their animist religion.
The tribes still live mainly from agriculture and forest resources (hunting, medicinal plants, wood...).

Some tribes have devoted themselves to brass statues art for more than 4000 years. This art, also found in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar... is called Dokra.



Dokra art: a thousand-year-old knowledge in the manufacture of statues



This traditional and artisanal art has not changed for millennia (more than 4000 years) and the technique used is still that of lost wax: a rough model in clay is made and then covered with wax by the artist who will give it its final shape with its details. The whole is again covered with a clay mixture and then heated in an open hearth where a copper alloy is cast. See Blog.

The objects produced by the Dokra artists can be of usual nature: dish, candlestick... musical instruments (brass), or artistic such as jewelry, animals: horses, elephants, turtles..., or statues of men and women representing scenes of daily life and Hindu deities adopted by the tribes: Ganesh, Lakshmi, ...


Posture Sitting, upright, the bust is impressive, giving the musician a very strong presence. The sitting position, cross-legged, as well as the size of the bust give him a great verticality: what matters for the craftsman Dokra is to show the presence in the moment of the musician Bastar, firmly anchored to the ground like a Buddha.

Jewelry For this ceremony, few jewelry, except for a few very sober necklaces, clothing is reduced to the strict minimum with a stole passed over the shoulders.

Face The face reflects a deep state of internalization.
The straw hat reminds us that it is often very hot in India; ceremonies can take place in very hot weather for long hours.

The cymbal takes an essential place in the statue: by choosing sobriety in the expression of the musician, the artist highlights the sacred dimension of the moment.

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« I am more than happy for the gift I gave myself (Bastar Ganesha Musician)
Everything is perfect in the delivery and packaging (we could not do better).
I will remain a fan of GANESH ART INDIA Gallery and dokra tribal art.
Well done and thank you to Mr Bertrand Bellaize for his knowledge sharing. » (Michèle S)
 
« Fast shipping and very well packaged. Thank you. I am very satisfied with this murti with neat details and all imbued with spirituality. » (Gérard M)
 
« Very happy with the gift I gave myself with the statuette of Shiva Nataraj representing the cosmic wheel with his multiple arms. Bertrand Bellaize, through his relationship with Indian artisans, puts us in direct contact with tribal art, far from the international trade organized for mass production. I can savor every day the purity of the delicate gestures of the Shiva and thus open myself to the surge of spirituality that this symbolism offers me. » (Pierre J)
 

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