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Antique Lost Wax Cast figure from Orissa India

Antique Lost Wax Cast figure from Orissa India

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1900: Item # 1097659

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This antique Dhokra depicts a large fish being ridden by 2 women and is probably representing some tribal legend or myth. Dhokras were made by the Kondh tribe of the state of Orissa India. The Dhokra, or small sculptures, were made as toys, ritual objects as well as gifts and talismans. They were much a part of tribal craftsmanship and culture during the 1700's and 1800's. Dhokras were made from a clay base with a net-like pattern and then cast in bronze using the lost wax technique. Because they are somewhat fragile, not many of these old pieces have survived and it is rare to find one on the market today. This is an unusually large Dhokara measuring 13 inches x 6 inches high and 3.5 inches. Each of the women is missing an arm and one is missing her foot.