Sitting woman pouring water

Water and daily life


In this Bastar art statue from South India, there is an impression of tranquility, a timeless space punctuated by nature and work. More...

Height : 12,48'

Weight : 3.33 lbs

Tribal Art

Lost wax casting - copper alloy

Origin : Chattisgarh - India

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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 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.

The objects produced by Dokra artists can be of a kind, usual: 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 ...

Posture What impresses at first sight in this sculpture is the disproportion of the body: the bust is immense, giving a strong presence to this woman. The arms seem endless, the gaze is distant. Indeed, this woman makes a gesture, repeated many times: to transfer the water of her Tumba (made from a gourd and used to transport water from the river or well to the houses) into a kitchen utensil.

Jewelry The artist chose sobriety with a simple necklace, very discreet earrings, a few bracelets. The bun hairstyle is typical, a feathered headdress adds a festive touch to this scene of everyday life.

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