Embedding of cultures: Dhokra Mosaic Fusion

Every piece has its own identity which we develop by the rule 'We know no limits.' …by Page McConnel.

Yes, art is limitless and knows no boundaries, especially when one art-form is fused with another one. Such special story is about Dhokra Mosaic Fusion, which is a unique synthesis of two ancient cultures belonging to different continents. And, of course, it goes without saying that it is one of the rare creative gems that pays tribute to two of the oldest art forms in the World.

Dhokra art is [practised in parts of Chattisgarh, Central Jharkhand, Odisha and parts of West Bengal. It is an artefact built from non-ferrous metal that is casted using the lost-wax casting technique. Historians have attached first evidence of Dhokra art to the Indus-Sarasvati civilisation dating back to over 5,000 years. . Several researchers have confirmed that primitive lifestyle of ancient people is reflected through these figurines – people hunting, dancing and working are common themes. Some other popular figurines include elephants, owls, horses and tortoises; Each animal figure symbolises a concept like horse is for motion, elephant depicts masculinity along with wisdom, whereas owl hoots death & prosperity and forever femininity is delicately portrayed through a turtle.

Artefacts developed out of Dhokra Mosaic Fusion holds greater prominence as origin of Mosaic dates back to the 3rd millennium BCE. And is approximately during the same time, when Dhokra art form flourished. During excavations, traces of mosaic art were found in Abra, Mesopotamia which had fragments of coloured stones, ivory and shells. Roman history is full of mosaic art work and stories of those are artistically told through this beautiful art-form. 

Today, when the world is turning into a global village Dhokra Mosaic Fusion is an apt reflection of that mingling of sentiments and cultures. Owning an artefact is like writing a page in history and leaving a mark for the future generations to know how, through the ages, art-forms continue to be alive and evolve. ….own it to know it!
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