Since ancient times horn bone craft in West Bengal has been delighting Indian people and the crafts have been admired in the whole country for its rare instances of artistry. Can we discuss past and present of Horn and Bone craft in West Bengal
Posted On : 04/15/09 2:59:22 AM
Anju Malhotra Reward Points : 61200 Member Since : Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The horn bone crafts in West Bengal stand unique because of its receptivity of the present trend and the creation of fusion of different motifs. The designs created by the artisans are mostly derived from the past tradition of Bengal. The present market scenario of these object show that the artisans have the potentiality to adapt to understand the demand of the mass and modify accordingly. The craftsmen are skilled in creating holy figures and deities like Lakshmi, Durga and Ganesh out of horn bones. Some places of West Bengal were greatly admired as the artisans used to create gorgeous ivory panels which are part to the beds, simhasans or the royal chairs, palanquins, thrones. Moreover, artisans of Midnapur make combs from horns and are meticulously embellished in many shapes and fashions. Since the ancient age, it has been believed that combs made out of horn are excellent for hair and the scalp and the people of the villages are the regular users of the horn made combs. The making of horn combs is common in the villages of Jyot Ghanashyam, Narayan Chak, Tamluk in the Midnapur district of West Bengal.
Horn bone craft in West Bengal display an amalgamation of artwork and creativity. The artifacts are sometimes done with a little touch of filigree work on them to give them a different look. this is also done in the state of Orissa. The items created with horn and bones are the examples of lively appearance, animation and dynamism. Before creating different items the artisans make the horn is smoothly polished and then shape them into various moulds. Contemporary artisans use the cow and buffalo horn to make more utility items like ashtrays, jewelry and combs. Cranes, lobsters, scorpions and birds made of horn are finished to a subtlety. It is quite evident that when it comes to Horn Work, west bengal quite a variety is on offer.