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.
This traditional 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. Visit my 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, ...
of a man adorned with a festive headdress: the hair is styled both with a vertical bun that falls on each side but is also pulled back: a typically tribal bun hairstyle. They are topped with a feather ornament. The buffalo horns strongly mark the festive dimension of this sculpture, belonging to the Marias tribes: they are strictly worn by men.
The ears, represented by a simple S, have very discreet earrings.
The forehead is surrounded by a headband made from seashells.
Numerous necklaces made of seashells, silver adorn her slender, very feminine neck.
The facial features are delicate, reduced to their simplest expression without superfluous details. the chin almost absent, the eyebrows are nonexistent. The expression of the face of this man is centered on the look: a pure, direct look while frank.