When I saw these delightful and unusual creatures, had to buy them! Talk about conversation pieces! This band has a fabled origin from Northern India. Each features the head of an animal with a human body, each playing India's legendary instruments. This band is a perfect gift for anyone who, like me, has very eclectic taste, and who loves the unique and unusual. Certainly for a musician or music lover or traveler or....... how about for you, yourself! The process of creating this is fascinating as well, and is described below.
Size: 2.6 inches Wide x 5.9 inches Tall x 1.6 inches Deep.
Condition: Very Good to Excellent. The bottoms have the expected display slight scratches. The pieces themselves have no losses.
Marks: Not sure if there are signatures on bottom. I am considering them "unmarked."
Country of Origin: India.
Dhokra translates to "oldest," and is a crafting tradition dating as far back as 2000 B.C. Dhokra art is largely associated with the tribal groups of northern India, including Vindhyas and the Eastern Ghats, Bihar and its surroundings, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. Myriad images are cast in the dhokra tradition as artisans preserve their millinary culture, custom and belief through the wondrous pieces they create.
Dhokra artistry is an entirely hand-crafted procedure that starts with a clay model and strings of bee's wax that will channel the molten brass. Once the desired shape is obtained, it is left outside to dry under the sun. Production suffers much during monsoon season. When completely dried, the piece is checked for alignment and heated under the ground for a period of five days. Finally, the work is treated to a fine polish to highlight the legendary allure of dhokra.
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