Indian tribal art
The tribes, practicing the Dokra art, originate from the Bastar district, 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
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, ...
Standing slightly leaning forward, the head gently tilted in an attitude of devotion, this woman is about to place her lotus flower at the foot of her ceremonial altar
while her other hand is holding a rod of forest plants.
, with delicate features, expresses great softness.
Everything in this sculpture reflects sobriety: few jewels
(earrings, bracelets), the headdress is sober and typical of tribal women (bun on the side). She wears her sari, adorned with a decoration with simple geometric patterns, traditionally with the last side falling over her back.