05/02/2012

Iron Sculptures From The J. & W. Meyer Collection

For a few days i will present you some sculptures from the German J. & W. MEYER COLLECTION....You can see a complete overview of this collection on this website : http://www.ethnoantiques.com/wordpress/

First of all i would like to show you some very nice iron sculptures....

I wish to thank Mr. Meyer to let me reproduce these pictures on my website....All the pictures presented on this page are the property of the J. & W. MEYER COLLECTION.....

............." Iron is also used in the Karnali statuary. However, pieces made from this metal are less common, for several reasons. First of all, iron has a bad name in Hinduism. It is synonymous with barbarism and lack of spirituality. In the cosmogony of the Ages of the World, Yuga, iron is associated with the Dark Age, Kali Yuga,also called the Iron Age. Moreover, since it turns black on contact with the air, it inevitably evoques Kali, the terrible black goddess who haunts graveyards and cremation grounds.

These statues are probably only made by Kami, blacksmiths, for their own use. This caste is considered as one of the most impure of all the untouchables. Only the Sarki, the tanner-cobblers, are regarded as inferior, since contact with dead skin is even more polluting than working iron.

Some of the small wrought iron statues are especially elegant, and their production is a highly technical feat. Unlike bronzes, no mould is used. The work is done with a free hand, by repeatedly beating the red iron block ,into the desired shape with a sledgehammer. The balance among forms, the thinness of the limbs, some details of the face, and the impression of lightness in the suggested movement, are all stunning. With these masterpieces, the Kami clearly display the extent of their knowledge and their mastery of this art. There are also miniature iron temples made of a frame and including many figures : gods and goddess, animals, bells and oil lamps. Those too are probably made by the Kami for their own use. Indeed, the Kami are not allowed to enter shrines and, therefore, perform their worship at home. Some of these temples are made of bronze, but they are rather rare. Wrought iron oil lamps decorated with anthropomorphic figures are also quite common. Theit use is obviously the same as temples."..........................(from : La statuaire primitive de l'ouest du Népal/ The Primitive Statuary of Western Nepal, J.L.Cortes and J.C.Brézillon, ed.Heritage Architectural, 2011, pages 150-151)

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Figure with Halo

height : 27cm  /  weight : 1160 gram

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Figure with Halo, detail

height : 27cm  /  weight : 1160 gram

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two iron sculptures in "Giacometti" style

height : 21.5 and 22.5 cm / weight : 525 and 670 gram

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iron sculpture in "Giacometti" style

height : 21.5 cm / weight : 525 gram

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 iron sculpture in "Giacometti" style

height : 22.5 cm / weight : 670 gram

copyright : "The J. & W. Meyer Collection"

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iron sculpture in "Giacometti" style

height : 22.5 cm / weight : 670 gram

copyright : "The J. & W. Meyer Collection"

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Three small iron sculptures

height : 12.5, 12.5 and 13.5 cm / weight : 186; 327 and 373 gram

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small iron sculpture

height : 12.5 cm / weight : 186 gram

copyright : "The J. & W. Meyer Collection"

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small iron sculpture

height : 13.5 cm / weight : 373 gram

copyright : "The J. & W. Meyer Collection"

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These two sculptures are forming a couple, called in Nepali "Jora-Jori". Sets of these sculptures (made by the Khami cast of blacksmith) are ex-votos offered to the main Masta shrine

height : both 40cm / weight : 2.42 and 2.58 kilogram

copyright : "The J. & W. Meyer Collection"

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These two sculptures are forming a couple, called in Nepali "Jora-Jori". Sets of these sculptures (made by the Khami cast of blacksmith) are ex-votos offered to the main Masta shrine

height : both 40cm / weight : 2.42 and 2.58 kilogram

copyright : "The J. & W. Meyer Collection"

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These two sculptures are forming a couple, called in Nepali "Jora-Jori". Sets of these sculptures (made by the Khami cast of blacksmith) are ex-votos offered to the main Masta shrine

height : 40cm / weight : 2.42 kilogram

copyright : "The J. & W. Meyer Collection"

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These two sculptures are forming a couple, called in Nepali "Jora-Jori". Sets of these sculptures (made by the Khami cast of blacksmith) are ex-votos offered to the main Masta shrine

height : 40cm / weight : 2.58 kilogram

copyright : "The J. & W. Meyer Collection"

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iron sculpture with trisul

height : 44 cm

copyright : "The J. & W. Meyer Collection"

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iron sculpture with trisul

height : 44 cm

copyright : "The J. & W. Meyer Collection"

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