The woman with scepter

The Strength


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Tribal Bastar sculpture in South Indian brass representing a woman, in headdress and festive ornament, carrying her scepter with dignity: presence and strength. More...

Height : 9,57'

Weight : 2.2 lbs

Tribal Art

Lost wax casting - copper alloy

Origin : Chattisgarh - India




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Les Bastars



Bastar is a district of South India in the state of Chattisgarh, it was an independent kingdom from the 14 th century until its integration into India in 1948.

The tribal population represents 70% of the population of the Bastar district: the main tribes are the Gonds - the Abhuj Maria and the Bhatras. Most have kept their tradition (culinary art, clothing, festivals) and their animist religion.

The tribes still live mainly from agriculture and resources drawn from the forest (hunting, medicinal plants, wood ...).

Some tribes have dedicated themselves to brass statuary art for over 4000 years. This art, which is also found in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar ... is called Dokra.


Dokra art



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.

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 upright, camped on her feet, this Bastar woman is dressed in her festive Attributes : a magnificent headband on her forehead made from shells falling on her forehead and eyes, a feathered headdress, several necklaces. The Jewelry express wealth, this woman wears more than 5 necklaces, one very large in silver and the other which goes down to her navel which is decorated with pieces as well as bracelets (handles and ankles ). On the other hand, a simple loincloth dresses her.

The hair is shown perfectly combed, pulled back with a typically tribal bun hairstyle.

Although the legs are slightly bent, it is the static aspect that dominates: left hand on the hip, right hand holding the scepter well planted in the ground: this woman has a queen's bearing and gives off great power.

The craftsman favored simple work, highlighting the strong presence of this woman.

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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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