Dhokra Bronze Horse From India - Lost Wax Method Sculpture
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Dhokra, also spelled Dokra, had its origins in India in West Bengal and is the art of creating metal figurines from alloys of bronze and copper using the lost wax casting method. The French term for this technique is cire perdue and it's an incredibly intricate process. A mold is made of clay, coated with wax, then another coat of clay is applied which is carved with the details of the object, and then more layers of clay are added. The wax is heated so it melts and the liquid metal is poured into the cavity. These art objects are never identical and do not have any joints or fasteners.
This horse has an ancient, primitive style, yet is delightfully modern. It measures 7 inches tall to the tip of its pointed ears and 5 1/2 inches long from nose to the end of the tail. It weighs 9 ounces and is in very good condition, with no cracks, chips or missing pieces. It has acquired an aged patina over the years and is such a nice size to stand alone in a small space or tuck into a larger grouping. The creation of Dhokra art is on the wane, due to increasingly high prices for raw materials, making beautiful old pieces like this one even more desirable.
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