Iron art work - The dark raw forms of the metal artifacts and figurines crafted by the gond and maria tribes from the borders of Chattisgarh and Orissa, appear as a reflection of its own people. Both share a coarseness that is underlined by quiet elegance and dignity. The inherent respect that the ethnic people have for the environment means that the raw material used for this craft is predominantly recycled scrap iron and occasionally extracted from the nearby mines. The method of production is simple, yet effective. Metal is made pliable by beating it in furnaces, and then shaping it carefully into basic form using hammer and tongs. Mastery over the craft is evident in the fact that no joints of any kind appear in the products. On completion, a coating of varnish is applied, to enhance its luster. Lamps, candle stands, effigies of musicians, toy animals like lions, monkeys, and deer, an assortment of figurines and deities, and ritualistic objects like jhaari and laman diya typify the product range.
Dimensions (L x W x H): 11x3.5x3"