The monkey statue

The humanized monkey


Tribal monkey statue: dressed in a loincloth, hair well combed, wearing necklaces, this magnificent monkey has all the human characteristics. More...

Height : 7.28'

Weight : 2.03 lbs

Tribal Art

Lost wax casting

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 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, ...

This monkey has many human characteristics. It is dressed in a loincloth, wears necklaces, including a solar one that adorns its chest. Its hair is perfectly braided, pulled back.
However, it is more the general attitude transmitted by the artist that reminds us of the humanity of this monkey: it is seated, legs bent, the left hand resting on one of its knees while the other rests on its right cheek. The gait suggests that it is in great reflection, even lost in thought.
The face is delicately chiselled, the almond-shaped eyes show great intelligence.
This Dokhra sculpture reminds us of the intimate bond that tribal people have with nature, no separation or appropriation.

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« I am more than happy for the gift I gave myself (Bastar Ganesha Musician)
Everything is perfect in the delivery and packaging (we could not do better).
I will remain a fan of GANESH ART INDIA Gallery and dokra tribal art.
Well done and thank you to Mr Bertrand Bellaize for his knowledge sharing. » (Michèle S)
« 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)

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