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An exhibition of bronze statuettes of Indian tribes will open at the Museum of the East

18.11.2022 ТАСС 117 просмотров

The exhibition will be open until January 15, 2023.


The exhibition of items from the personal collection of journalist Sergey Karmalito "Dhokra: Heavenly and earthly in the traditional bronze of Indian tribes" opens on Friday at the State Museum of the East. The exhibition includes about 300 works of art cast in the dhokra technique - the oldest known technique of casting non-ferrous metals, as well as the collector's original photographs.

The dhokra technique has been used in India for more than 4 thousand years. The method of "lost wax model" is used to make bronze figures. The word itself comes from the name of a group of nomadic craftsmen of the West Bengal tribe Dhokra Karmar, who were traditionally engaged in metalworking. Since the middle of the XX century, "dhokra" has become a caste designation used by foundry workers.

The collector told TASS that he had collectively lived and worked in India for 25 years. "India is a special place for me professionally, in my life and in my destiny. <...> This exhibition is my declaration of love for Indian art, for this culture," said Sergey Karmalito.

According to him, it all started with the purchase of a bronze figure of a horseman. At that time, he had not yet assumed that this acquisition would be the beginning of the formation of the collection. "The rider was bought in a small dusty shop in Old Delhi," he said. - And the last thing was bought exactly 40 years later, in 2018." During this time, Sergey Karmalito managed to collect about 330 works cast in the dhokra technique.

At the exhibition, visitors will see bronze figurines of deities, mythological characters, domestic animals and wild animals, as well as children's toys and compositions depicting scenes from everyday life. Sergey Karmalito said that the works of foundry workers are used both in everyday life and for decorating premises. The exhibition will be open until January 15, 2023.

The interlocutor of the agency said that he will donate most of the collection to the Museum of the East. Sergey Karmalito admitted that he is not yet ready to part with the objects, the memories of which are especially dear.

"In addition to exhibitions, scientific work is underway," Sergey Karmalito added.

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