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Indian Sculpture - What is the lost Wax Process?

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Indian Sculpture - What is the lost Wax Process?

Many Indian Statues are made by the lost wax process in which a wax sculpture of an image is covered in clay which is then baked. The wax melts away leaving a negative image of the sculpture inside the hardened clay. Molten metal is then poured into the mould. 

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The Wooden Carvings of Kathmandu

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The Wooden Carvings of Kathmandu

If you have any interest in wooden carvings you'll be overwhelmed by the abundance in the Kathmandu valley. The three towns of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur were once separate kingdoms and rivalry between the Newari kings led them to compete to produce the best architecture. Typical Newari palaces and temples are covered with intricate woodcarving and the artisans of Nepal have long been famed as some of the best on the Indian subcontinent. Wandering round these towns you'll inevitably see the finest architecture and woodcarvings in the old town centres, the Durbar Squares, which are now world heritage centres. But...

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Ganesh Statues in Kathmandu

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Ganesh Statues in Kathmandu

Just back from a month in Nepal trekking for two weeks in Upper Mustang and looking around  Kathmandu. Kathmandu has changed utterly since my fist visit 33 years ago, shabby modernisation has arrived along with a tenfold increase in population. But the back alleys and courtyards are still fascinating with their numerous Buddhist shrines and old statues of the elephant headed hindu god Ganesh, sometimes known as Ganesha or, affectionately, as Ganeshpati. Stone statues of Ganesh are everywhere, almost always with their foreheads smeared with red sandalwood paste and surrounded by a scattering of flowers. The two photographs below were...

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