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By Alka Hingorani

ISBN-10: 0824835255

ISBN-13: 9780824835255

ISBN-10: 082483724X

ISBN-13: 9780824837242

Taberam Soni, Labh Singh, Amar Singh, and different artists stay and paintings within the hill-villages of the reduce Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, India. There they model face-images of deities ( mohras ) out of skinny sheets of worthwhile steel. Commissioned by means of upper-caste buyers, the gadgets are cultural embodiments of divine and earthly kinship. because the artists make the pictures, additionally they pass caste limitations in part of India the place such alterations nonetheless confirm ideas of touch and correspondence, proximity and organization. as soon as a mohra has been accomplished and consecrated, its maker isn't really approved to the touch it or input the temple during which it truly is housed; but in the course of its construction the artist is sovereign, handled deferentially as he stocks dwelling quarters with the high-caste consumers. Making Faces tells the tale of those god-makers, the gods they make, and the groups that perform the inventive procedure and its accompanying rituals. For the writer, the method of studying approximately Himachal, its artwork and artists, the folk who make their domestic there, concerned pursuing itinerant artists throughout tricky mountainous terrain with few, if any, technique of communique among the thinly populated, high-altitude villages. the tough geography of the zone allows scant shuttle, and the itinerant artisan varieties a serious hyperlink to the area outdoor; villages that fee mohras are usually populated by means of a small variety of households. Alka Hingorani inspires this international in wealthy visible and descriptive aspect as she explores the ways that either item and artisan are acquired and their identities reworked in the course of a interval of inventive endeavour. Making Faces is an unique and evocative account, fantastically illustrated, of some of the levels within the lifecycle of a mohra , at various occasions a spiritual icon, an artwork item and a repository of fabric wealth in an differently subsistence economic system. it will likely be welcomed by means of students and scholars of anthropology, fabric tradition, faith, artwork historical past, and South Asian reviews

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Plans were always conditional and changed without warning. She could not guarantee it, but, if I waited a couple of hours, four perhaps, I might be able to catch him on his way, she said. I could wait a day, I said, oblivious 36 Chapter 3 to the sincerity of her lack of conviction, the malleability of promised plans. But Taberam arrived in due course. He even seemed to remember our meeting of the previous year and to welcome my return. The chhatri project was to begin in a couple of days, he said.

He brought news from other parts of their world, spoke of earlier projects and peoples, told tales of toil and failure, struggle and success. There was a camaraderie in that contained space born out of a shared context; there was laughter and lampooning, and a relatively creaseless contact between and across castes. This bears mention because the members of the temple committee who stayed with Taberam were all high-caste men, including the kardar, traditionally the revenue collector of the deity’s lands and head of the temple committee; the bhandari, or treasurer, who is second in status only to the kardar; and the chowkidar, or security guard.

It is elaborately embossed with floral patterns forming a kind of wreath around the face and head, the ear ornaments and necklaces completing the ring and seamlessly leading the viewing eye around the entire image. The crown, or what appears as bejeweled coiffure rather than diadem, has a peacock or swan as a central decorative medallion, perhaps a vahana22 of the classical goddess represented here, the bird surrounded by whorls of foliage and flowers covering the rest of the head as a cap, with tight curls forming a fringe at the forehead.

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