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Bronze Hanuman lock

by Indian Artisan and Indian tribal

$325.00 / Sold Out

We found this very special dhokra bronze lock in a crowded and dusty antique store in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, a northern state of India. It would probably have been used to protect a granary or other precious goods. Thought to be over 100 years old by the fine craftsmanship, this delightfully primitive rendering of the figure of Hanuman, the Monkey God, a devotee of Lord Ram.
In this figure he is accompanying his own signing on the karatal, or hand cymbals as he sings the praises of his lord. He stands 18.5cm tall from the tip of his tail to his substantial bottom.
(NOTE: this no longer works as a lock)

Dhokra bronze objects are created by the lost wax method. First a clay core is formed over which the wax is applied in layers and fine strands with intricate patterns and detail. The form is then covered in more layers of clay and left to dry in the sun or oven. The model is again heated to remove the wax and finally molten bronze is poured into the cavity, faithfully following the contours of the wax model.

The craft of dhokra bronze making dates back 4500 years and is still practiced in parts of Orissa by tribal families in villages.

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