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Survey of Crafts: Wood and Stone Carving

Title:Survey of Crafts: Wood and Stone Carving
Author:Dhamija, Jasleen
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 20 Issue no. 1; December 1966, p. 28-29
Abstract:The richness of wood craft is still visible in the carvings on houses in the olden cities such as Gaya, Patna, and Darbhanga. In rural areas, everyday articles are still carved and used. Tribes like the Mundas and Santhals have their own tradition of wood carving. Excavations in Bihar show that the art of stone sculptures flourished during the Sunga, Kushana, Gupta, and Pala periods. Buddhist, Jaina, and Hindu images were carved, and the tradition of stone carving is clearly defined in the Manasara. The tradition continued in medieval times. In modern times, simple stone figures of various deities are made, along with articles for domestic use. The government of Bihar has started a training centre at Patharkatti in Gaya district, and new designs are being introduced by the Institute for Industrial Design, Patna.

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