The Drummer Musician

Elegance and simplicity


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The drummer : a tribal statue from South India with a very fine touch. Elegance and simplicity for a timeless pause, a moment in the pure present. More...

Height : 6.67'

Weight : 0.86 lbs

Tribal Art

Lost wax casting - copper alloy

Origin : Odisha - 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 traditionnal Indian 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, ...

Posture Standing in a slender posture, the head slightly bent forward reflects the concentration of the musician. The body is almost filiform, typical of the performance in this region. The arms are widely apart forming a beautiful circle.
The features are as pure as possible, with few details on the face, clothing (simple bustiers) or jewellery, only the posture gives the general impression.

Here, because of the small size of the statue, there is no clay casting: the statuette is worked directly on a wax base which is very finely sculpted by the artist.

In this statue we find one of the themes dear to the Dokra: music which is also very present everywhere in India. The drum or Dholak is a very widespread instrument in India, there are many variations and the methods of manufacture vary according to the tribes and their geographical location. It is an instrument particularly appreciated by Indian women who often accompany it with their singing: it can be made from the resources of the forest, is easy to transport...
It holds a great place in many sacred ceremonies : animist rites, dances during wedding ceremonies... The music is played for hours at the same tempo, a bewitching melody that is often accompanied by dances in which women and men participate together.

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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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