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Art of Stone Crafts


The superior stone carving mainly the delicate jali work is quite distinct. A good deal of functional domestic stoneware is beautifully shaped and ornamented. Its variety is made with yellow lime stone and others with colored white marble. Well, sculpting is a live art in Rajasthan and Hindu deities made in white marble and sometimes glided over are famous and popular.

 

The stone carvers works basically on soap stone but some of them use sand stone and other hard stones so as to make traditional figures similar in beauty to ancient temple sculptures. Apart from all this traditional figures, all beautiful stone utensils and utility items are also fabricated. Most of the turned utensils are made from a semi-hard grey stone which takes a beautiful dark polish. Even in today era the bowls, plates and glasses are being made from this stone. They are thus notable for their sensitive line and texture. Ash-trays, cigarette boxes, containers of various kinds bowls and vases, particularly in the grey stone, are new made to cater to the needs at modern living.

 

Above all this, the temple carvings of south India are abundantly sprinkled with their figures. In the famous Mahabalipuram, carvings are arresting figure of Arjuna standing on the traditional penance pose on one leg, one of two cots hunting pigeons. Then after there is the comic figure of a stag scratching its nose with its hind leg. A buffalo chewing the kud is so alive as to seem the mouth is moving. So even creatures like the pig, the duck, the monitor lizard, the fowl, the spider, all rub shoulders with the mighty elephant, the lion and horse.

 

As such, craftsmen carve images of Gods and Goddesses according to given rules regarding proportions and poses, ornamentation and weapons. Apart from all those images and decorative objects, usefulness articles like bowls, vases, wall panels and book ends are also being produced.


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The superior stone carving mainly the delicate jali work is quite distinct. A good deal of functional domestic stoneware is beautifully shaped and ornamented.  Its variety is made with yellow lime stone and others with colored white marble.