Metal craft has been one of the oldest craft forms in India. Various metals and alloys like copper, silver, brass, bronze and panchaloha have been used to create idols, sculptures and other decorative items. Different techniques like casting, hammering are employed to create these masterpieces. One of the oldest art forms is Dhokra, evidences for which were found in Mohenjadaro sites.
Ancient texts on Shilpashastras- Science of arts and crafts - like ShilpaRatna and Mansara describe in detail the process and principles of metal art especially PanchaDhatu ( Alloy of 5 metals) and AshtaDhatu ( Alloy of 8 metals).
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