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.
This traditionnal 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, ...
This monkey has many human characteristics
. It is dressed in a loincloth, wears necklaces, including a solar one that adorns its chest. Its hair is perfectly braided, pulled back.
However, it is more the general attitude transmitted by the artist that reminds us of the humanity of this monkey: it is seated, legs bent, the left hand resting on one of its knees while the other rests on its right cheek. The gait suggests that it is in great reflection, even lost in thought.
The face is delicately chiselled, the almond-shaped eyes show great intelligence.
This Dokhra sculpture reminds us of the intimate bond that tribal people have with nature, no separation or appropriation.