Woodcarving is an ancient craft of India
that is older than stone sculpture and flourished in the south, finding
free scope for expression on temple
chariots and on temple doors and ceilings. Carvings, simple or intricate,
are usually done on a single piece of wood.
Incomparable Specimens Made From Wood
With its rich forest cover Andhra Pradesh has encouraged this vocation and the result is the creation of intricate and unmatched specimens of art, which speak volumes of stories of dedication and perseverance. The themes are gods, goddesses, figurines, birds, animals etc.
The minutely sculpted piece is breathtaking. In addition to carving idols and mythological forms the art has adopted itself to creating wooden balustrades, arches, panels, columns and even combs and trinkets besides musical instruments. Red sanders and other country woods are used as raw material.
Owing to the close proximity to forests this art has flourished in Bhongir, famous at making exquisite pieces of furniture such as tables, mirrors and frames etc with a predominance of floral motifs.
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