Deer Bookends




Dhokra is the Indian art of casting bell metal figurines using a lost-wax process. The two brown-and-brass coloured Dhokra deers mounted on wooden bookend frames is an example of this indigenous technique. Makers have created clay cores by hand, made models by coating them with Sal tree wax, and poured molten metal into casts to create these rough-hewn bookends.

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Dhokra is a tribe of metalsmiths of West Bengal. The tribe which are still nomads with few settlements now extends from Jharkhand to West Bengal and Orissa to Chhattisgarh Dhokras.

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    Core-making: A clay core is made, slightly smaller than the final intended size of the artefact. Clay used is a mix of two-three clays ? fine clay near the river beds, Clay from the Termite mound or ?Ant Hills? and normal sand. Cow Dung is also used along with rice husk in pre-determined proportions. The core may be hardened by firing or sun-drying.Modelling: A detailed wax model is built up around the core, to the thickness of metal desired in the finished object. Wax is derived from natural pl...

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    Length: 12
    Width: 7.5
    Height: 15
    Type of Material:Bell Metal, Teak Wood
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