This mythological chameleon-like creature of indeterminate age was found in a shop in Varanasi, India. His plump body curves to a short tail, and he has short legs attached to bars with holes in them. It looks like it originally may have some practical purpose, but that is now a mystery.
He is 11 cm long and very cute.
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 and Chhatisgarh by tribal families in villages.
Being hand made, there may be minor variations in colour and design.
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