Tribal indian statue 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, dress, parties ...) and their animist religion.
Dokra art: a thousand-year-old knowledge in the manufacture of statues
This tribal Indian 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. Visit my blog.
The objects produced by Dokra artists can be of 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 (Samabhanga) in an attitude of balance, the weight ideally distributed on the 2 legs.
Three arms are raised, holding in each hand a lotus. The lotus symbolizes the maternal breast (origin of life), wisdom: the knowledge that leads to awakening, purity (and therefore the transformation that allows the expression of beauty in a marshy environment), peace. Right hand makes the gesture of protection.
The gods never touch the ground: the earth is the domain of beings of flesh and blood.
Usually Lakshmi is depicted on a lotus, but on this statue a snake surrounds her feet.
Crown in tiara shape (Kiritamukuta, symbol of royalty. A snake adorns Lakshmi's forehead like a tiara.
Belt represented by a snake and simple strapless bands.
Attributes and weapons
The snake (naga): here Lakshmi, in addition to the lotus which is her essential emblem, is carved with many snakes.
The snake is very important in India and beneficial: it is the symbol of fertility, of life (Shakti), of permanent renewal (moult) therefore of immortality.