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Old tribal bronze cast woman with child

by Indian Artisan and Indian tribal

$220.00 / Sold Out

We found this stunningly beautiful old dhokra bronze figure in Varanasi, India. This figure of a tribal woman carrying a child on her shoulder has the fine detail seen in older dhokra bronzes. The lady has tattoos on her face, bushy eyebrows, the nose plugs still used by some tribal women in north east India, large decorative earrings and a woven headdress with small umbrella shaped objects emerging from the back. She wears a woven bodice, layers of beads around the neck and a tiny skirt. Her legs are covered in a woven fabric and she has heavy anklets around her ankles. This solid cast figure is 19.5 cm high from her bare feet to the top of the child’s head.

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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