Woman's bust in celebration

The pure gaze


Tribal statue from the Ganges valley: a strong emotion for this bust of a woman of unvarnished beauty, with a very pure, direct and simple gaze. More...

Height : 10.23'

Weight : 3.68 lbs

Sacred Art

Lost wax casting

Origin : Uttar Pradesh - India

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Indian tribal art

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.

Dokra art

This traditional 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. Visit my 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, ...

Head of a woman adorned with a festive headdress: the hair is styled both with a vertical bun that falls on each side but is also pulled back: a typical tribal bun hairstyle.  They are topped with a feathered ornament. The buffalo horns strongly mark the festive dimension of this sculpture.

The ears, represented by a simple S, are endowed with very discreet earrings.

The forehead is encircled with a headband made from shells.

Numerous necklaces made of shells and silver adorn its slender neck.

The features of the face are delicate, reduced to their simplest expression without superfluous details. The chin is almost absent, the eyebrows are non-existent. The expression on this woman's face is centered on the gaze: a pure, direct and frank look.

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