This is a
Dhokra art sculpture (also spelled Dokra)
These artifacts are completely hand made by tribals in the interiors of India using non-ferrous metal casting. Dhokra art uses the 4,000 year old “lost wax casting” technique that was used in the ancient Harappa and Mohenjodaro civilizations. In this technique, a unique cast is made for every single artifact, which gets destroyed in the process. So each masterpiece has to be created from scratch and is unique – a one of it’s kind in the world. The art serves as the livelihood for the artisans and their families.
Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of the Dhokra Art process:
Step 1 – A mould of wet mud is created by the artisans to give the initial shape to the sculpture. The mould is then adorned with bees-wax with the final design details in mind. It’s the same wax that will melt away and give way to the molten bronze later (in step 3).
Step 2 – The wax covered mould is further covered with a layer of wet mud leaving a small opening on the top, dried and bound with iron wire, and covered with a final layer of mud.
Step 3 – The mould is heated to melt the wax and liquid bronze is poured in the hole at the top. The molten metal fills the spaces left behind by the melted wax and the bronze sculpture is thus formed. After cooling the cast, the outer mud covering is broken to reveal the sculpture. Finally it’s cleaned, buffed to highlight some features or painted in some cases before it reaches a store.
Rustic, bronze metal wall hook with an elephant face. You can buy multiple if you want a row of hooks
Great for hanging clothes, keys, robes, coats, hats, light bags, trouser, jeans, gown, shirt, walking sticks, umbrella etc. Both indoors or outdoors – your bedroom, living room, bathroom, patio, yard, garden
These hook sculptures have been created using the ‘Dhokra’ technique
Dimensions: Length – 3.5 x Width – 1.3 x Height – 4.5 (Inches)