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Social Life from the Wood Carvings

Title:Social Life from the Wood Carvings
Author:Jyotsna Kamat
Publication:Itihasa Darshana / Karnataka Itihasa Academy, Bangalore
Enumeration:Vol 12, 1997
Abstract:The artists of Karnataka carved beautiful pictures of everyday life on the stone, frescoes and on the wood. The paper discusses the work of art on wood as an important source material for historical research .The West Coast of Karnataka is blessed with thick evergreen forests and hence one finds lot of delicately chiseled woodwork in this area. The Gudigars are the artisan class who contributed in enriching this art. There are scenes like women doing their daily chores, birth of a child, bringing up of a child, caressing the baby, the drummer, musicians of different instruments, and various artisans working with their tools. There are many erotic scenes, one can find in the temples of coastal Karnataka, which might bring to shame sculptures of Khajuraho! These carvings which are in a neglected state have to be maintained by polishing and varnishing and should be used as an important source material to study the social history of the area.

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