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 traditional and artisanal 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. see 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 a festive attitude at a ceremony. The arms are slightly apart as in a dance. The body is almost filiform, well proportioned: the whole gives an impression of grace.
The features are as refined as possible
, few details on the face, except for a beautiful pendant linking the nose to the left ear. One can also note a superb headdress decorated with various frontal bands.
Jewels are very present: many necklaces decorate neck and chest as well as bracelets.
A superb richly embroidered skirt gives it a royal look.
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 Dokra.
In this statue, elegantly made, we find the finesse of work of the Dokras families settled in the Odisha.