The tribes, practicing the art of Dokra, originated from the Bastar district of South India (today located in the state of Chattisgarh), emigrated several centuries ago and settled all over India from North to South.
Most of them have kept their tradition (culinary art, clothing, festivals) and their animist religion.
This traditional Indien 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: cups, candlesticks - musical instruments (brass), or artistic such as jewellery, 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 all His splendor, in an attitude of openness, Ganesh welcomes. Ganesh's belly is always big: it is the center of the vital energies. It symbolizes anchoring, presence here and now, stability.
The right arm with the bent elbow holds an ax and the left arm, bent elbow holds a lotus flower. His other right hand makes the protective gesture while his second left hand holds a lotus flower.
The wheel of fire or wheel of the universe
will halo his head: it symbolizes the cycle of life: birth/destruction but also the fire that illuminates, destroys ignorance and/or fruitful.
The rat: Mushaka. Symbol of both lust and disease but also prosperity and wealth, intelligence ... The rat can represent Ganesh alone: it emphasizes the ambivalence of Ganesh that unites the opposites: big/small - half animal/half human - lively spirit in a massive body ... Doesn't his belly include the whole universe?
is the symbolic weapon that triumphs over ignorance, over attachment. The lotus
symbolizes the maternal breast (origin of life), wisdom: knowledge that leads to awakening, purity (and thus the transformation that allows the expression of beauty in a marshy environment), peace.