Indian artisans have been casting brass and bronze sculptures for thousands of years. A quick tour of some of the unusual, and sometimes very strange, brass and bronze sculptures on sale at the Silk Road Gallery.
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 leaving a negative image. Molten metal is then poured into the mould.
You'll find oil lamps burning in Hindu and Buddhist temples throughout India, Nepal and Tibet. In these cultures fire is a symbol of transformation, for Hindus the cremation after death is a transformative process.
Krishna is a Hindu deity, regarded as an avatar of Vishnu and in some monotheistic traditions considered the Supreme Being. He is often depicted as an infant or young boy playing a flute as in the Bhagavata Purana.