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 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: 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, ...
: standing in a fixed attitude typical of tribal art, dignified and balanced like the pillar. The axe on his shoulder, however, gives him a relaxed attitude, as if he were back after a day of hard work. The arm holding his Tumba (a vegetable gourd) is slightly bent, marking the rhythm of the march.
: the eyebrows are amplified, two very discreet earrings dress his ears typically made with the shape of the S. A frontal band holds the hair in a bun.
: several beautiful necklaces made from shells adorn his neck and chest.
: a simple, finely crafted loincloth.
In this statue we find one of the typical themes of the Indian tribal art Dokra: daily life and activities related to the forest, a fertile and nourishing place.
More than the impression of power, it is the elegance, the quiet strength that emanates from this Dokra sculpture: this lumberjack also exudes a great deal of serenity and a deep sense of confidence.