Buddha tribal head

Unvarnished purity


320.00

Very rare metal statue of Buddha's head in the Gupta style: tribal art from North India with sobriety: interiorization and perfect serenity. More...

Height : 6.49'

Weight : 2.03 lbs

Tribal Art

Semi-wax

Origin : Uttar Pradesh - India




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Description


Indian tribal art



The tribes, practicing the art of Dokra, originated from the Bastar region of South India (today located in the state of Chattisgarh), they emigrated several centuries ago and settled all over India from North to South.

Most of them have kept their traditions (cooking, clothing, festivals) and their animist religion.



Dokra art



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 will be cast. see Blog.

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



Style



The essence of the style dates back to the Gupta period with the characteristic hairstyle made of curls of hair and the unisha at the top: the protrusion on the top of the head resembling a bun is barely visible (see the Buddha of Sarnath). The elongated ears characteristic of this style are not present: the earrings, however, are there contrary to the canons of the classical Buddhist sacred art Gupta (before renouncing palace life and his destiny as a prince, Siddh?rtha Gautama wore the attributes of nobility and wealth, including earrings: the elongated ears thus mark the sign of this previous existence and its renunciation).

The features are well proportioned and the aquiline nose marks the Greek influence on Indian sculpture of this period.

Another notable difference with classical art is the size of the eyebrows, which are very marked here whereas usually a fine line is enough to underline them. Moreover the eyes are slightly oblique (not horizontal) and slightly half-open, whereas the tradition represents them closed.

This statue symbolizes : serenity



Of tribal manufacture, this statue of Buddha's head is imbued with great serenity and simplicity while expressing great originality of design.

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« 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)
 
« I, who often did not know what to give as a gift, here is the 3rd statue of Ganesh Art India that I offer in a year, this time a bust of a Bastar woman with an "inaccessible gaze". With joy in many facets: seeing the delighted expression of the person to whom I am giving the gift, allowing a gifted but unknown Indian artist to earn a little better a living and living a simple and perfect transaction with Ganesh Art India. Bertrand Bellaize is a reliable and careful person and his statues are even more beautiful in real life than in photos. » (Eric D.)
 

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