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 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, ...
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.
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.