Download PDF by Alka Hingorani: Making Faces: Self and Image Creation in a Himalayan Valley

By Alka Hingorani

ISBN-10: 0824835255

ISBN-13: 9780824835255

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 type face-images of deities (mohras) out of skinny sheets of useful steel. Commissioned by means of upper-caste buyers, the items are cultural embodiments of divine and earthly kinship. because the artists make the pictures, in addition they pass caste limitations in part of India the place such alterations nonetheless confirm principles of touch and correspondence, proximity and organization. as soon as a mohra has been accomplished and consecrated, its maker isn't approved to the touch it or input the temple within which it's housed; but in the course of its production the artist is sovereign, handled deferentially as he stocks residing quarters with the high-caste patrons.

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 paintings and artists, the folk who make their domestic there, concerned pursuing itinerant artists throughout tricky mountainous terrain with few, if any, technique of conversation among the thinly populated, high-altitude villages. the cruel geography of the zone allows scant go back and forth, and the itinerant artisan kinds a severe hyperlink to the realm outdoors; villages that fee mohras are usually populated via a small variety of households. Alka Hingorani conjures up this international in wealthy visible and descriptive aspect as she explores the ways that either item and artisan are bought and their identities reworked in the course of a interval of inventive endeavor.

Making Faces is an unique and evocative account, fantastically illustrated, of some of the levels within the lifecycle of a mohra, at varied occasions a non secular icon, an paintings item, and a repository of fabric wealth in an in a different way subsistence economic climate. will probably be welcomed by way of students and scholars of anthropology, fabric tradition, faith, artwork background, and South Asian stories.  

134 illus., 128 in color

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