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Bronzes of Bastar, a New Evaluation

Title:Bronzes of Bastar, a New Evaluation
Author:Postel, Michel
Publication:Tribal / (San Francisco, Calif.)
Enumeration:vol. 8 no. 2 (Summer 2003) p. 25-6
Abstract:The problems of dating bronzes made by the Gond ethnic group of Bastar, India, are discussed. Normal metallurgic methods cannot be used on these items as the craftsmen who make them continually recycle materials. Similarly, the criteria generally applied to Hindu sculptures cannot be used as these bronzes are never brushed or cleaned of their caked patinas after casting. While the style of the sculpture may indicate age, it cannot be relied upon. The existence of figures carrying a weapon that has not been used in a century or metal utensils not made in over 60 years attest to the age of some of the bronzes.

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