05/02/2012

Bronze Sculptures From The J. & W. Meyer Collection and From The Ethnoflorence Collection

Now i would like to present you some nice examples of bronze sculptures from the Karnali region.......

......." In the statuary of the Karnali there are many bronze pieces, mostly small, between 10 and 20 cm high. Their use is mainly domestic, though some are votive statues, offered at the shrine. Many such pieces come from the lowland districts of Jajarkot and Kalikot. It is at this altitude that one would have found the metal mines, mainly copper, though they were located a little further east than in the Karnali itself. These mines are now closed, since the cost of exploitation was no longer competitive. Nowadays metal comes from India, where it is industrially extracted. Like their homologues in classical art, primitive bronzes are made by investment casting (lost wax). Alloys are numerous, but copper is almost always the main component. Many different metals can be mixed with it : zinc, lead, nickel, tin, silver, even silver alloy coins. Aspect and color can therefore vary a great deal. Some pieces, mostly representations of the goddess, can be made of pure copper, wich is her metal. Representations are more diverse than for wooden statues. Bronze allows for more details. Thre are many commemorative and figurative pieces related to major events or to ordinary people. Statues of Dhami, riders, elephants and hunting scenes are all quite common. There are also numerous oil lamps and bells, decorated with figures, or whose elements are made of anthropomorphic or animal effigies.

There are many similarities between these bronzes and the ones produced by Adivasi tribes from India. The works of Elwin Verrier and some articles on the primitive statuary of the Gond of Madhya Pradesh and of the Bastar and Kond of Orissa, demonstrate it clearly. This goes to show, once again, the cultural and artistic protohistoric connections across the entire Indian sub-continent. ".........(from : J.L.Cortes / J.C.Brézillon, La statuaire primitive de l'ouest du Népal/The primitive Statuary of Western Nepal, ed.Heritage Architectural, 2011, pages 146-149)

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This very old item (19th century, probably earlier) shows a stylized sitting figure with female breast. The figure has an enigmatic face with curved eyebrows, open eyes and bearded mouth. It originates from Jajarkot or Simikot district

height : 9.5cm / weight : 154 gram

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

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This very old item (19th century, probably earlier) shows a stylized sitting figure with female breast. The figure has an enigmatic face with curved eyebrows, open eyes and bearded mouth. It originates from Jajarkot or Simikot district

height : 9.5cm / weight : 154 gram

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

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This very old equestrian statue probably originates from the 18th to 19th century

height : 9cm / lenght : 8.7cm / weight : 290 gram

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

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This very old equestrian statue probably originates from the 18th to 19th century

height : 9cm / lenght : 8.7cm / weight : 290 gram

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

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This very old equestrian statue probably originates from the 18th to 19th century

height : 9cm / lenght : 8.7cm / weight : 290 gram

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

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This very old equestrian statue probably originates from the 18th to 19th century

height : 9cm / lenght : 8.7cm / weight : 290 gram

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

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height : 17.5cm / weight : 705 gram

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height : 17.5cm / weight : 705 gram

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

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height : 17.5cm / weight : 705 gram

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

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Dhami or Priest with snake around neck

height : 15.5cm / weight : 605 gram

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

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Dhami or Priest with snake around neck

height : 15.5cm / weight : 605 gram

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

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Dhami or Priest with snake around neck

height : 15.5cm / weight : 605 gram

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

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Dhami or Priest with snake around neck

height : 15.5cm / weight : 605 gram

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

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Dhami or Priest with snake around neck

height : 15.5cm / weight : 605 gram

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

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Two priests with trisuls, titual wands and cow

height : 14cm / bottom measures : 12x8cm / weight : 505 gram

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

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Two priests with trisuls, titual wands and cow

height : 14cm / bottom measures : 12x8cm / weight : 505 gram

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

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Two priests with trisuls, titual wands and cow

height : 14cm / bottom measures : 12x8cm / weight : 505 gram

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

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Two priests with trisuls, titual wands and cow

height : 14cm / bottom measures : 12x8cm / weight : 505 gram

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

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Bells

copyright : Ethnoflorence Archive

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Bells

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Bells

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Figure of an elephant mounted by a Dhami

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Figure of an elephant mounted by a Dhami

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Figure of an elephant mounted by a Dhami

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Figure of an elephant mounted by a Dhami

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