The tribes, practicing the Dokra art, originate from the Bastar region, in South India (today located in the state of Chattisgarh), they emigrated several centuries before and settled almost everywhere in India from North to South.
Most have kept their tradition (culinary art, clothing, festivals) and their animist religion.
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. see Blog.
The 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 ...
Posture Standing in a slender, almost threadlike attitude, typical of the representation in this region, the artist captured a moment of concentration of the musician. The features are refined to the maximum, few details in the face, clothes or jewelry, only the posture transcribes the general impression.
Here, due to the small size of the statue, there is no clay-based molding: the statue is worked directly on a wax base which is sculpted very finely by the artist.
In this statue we find one of the themes dear to Dokra: music which is also very present everywhere in India. It plays a large role in sacred ceremonies: animist rites, dances during wedding ceremonies ..
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