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, clothing, festivals) and their animist religion.
This traditional and artisanal 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. see Blog.
The objects produced by Dokra artists can be of a 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 ...
Posture Standing with a light gait, this woman is about to fetch food that she will carry on the tray placed on her head. The back is straight: this woman gives an impression of dignity despite the difficulty of the task.
Several necklaces that follow one another and a very long necklace that goes down to her waist which reinforces the impression of elegance.
Two earrings give volume to the face.
In this statue, the modeling using wax threads appears clearly.
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