Woman bust Bastar: a temporal pause

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This statue of a woman is representative of primitive art: a direct impression conveyed by the simplicity of forms, a refined style, sobriety. More...

Height : 6,77'

Weight : 3.55 lbs

Tribal Art

Lost wax casting

Origin : Chattisgarh - India




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Description


The Bastars people



Bastar is a district of South India in the state of Chattisgarh, it was an independent kingdom from the 14 th century until its integration into India in 1948.

The tribal population represents 70% of the population of the Bastar district: the main tribes are the Gonds - the Abhuj Maria and the Bhatras.

Most have kept their tradition (culinary art, clothing, festivals) and their animist religion. The tribes still live mainly from agriculture and resources drawn from the forest (hunting, medicinal plants, wood ...).

Some tribes have dedicated themselves to brass statuary art for over 4000 years. This art, which is also found in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar ... is called Dokra.


Dokra art



This tribal Indian art has not changed for millennia (more than 4000 years) and the technique used is always that of lost wax: a coarse clay model is made and then covered with wax by the artist who will give it its final form 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 poured. Visit my blog.

Objects produced by Dokra artists can be of a usual nature: cup, 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, ...



Bust

The head of this woman seems very small in proportion to her bust which reinforces the impression of deep interiority . A temporal pause. The face is peaceful, the hair pulled back ends in a bun on the left side typical of tribal women. The hairstyle is decorated with very discreet flowers. A headband made of shells surrounds the forehead. Two scarification marks are visible on each cheek.

The bust is richly decorated by the artist. Large necklaces adorn her chest, giving an extra touch of femininity.

The essential is expressed in a few strokes giving a crude, strong expression.

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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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