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Terracotta Art

The art of molding terracotta objects was prevalent during the time of Indus Valley Civilization. Excavations at Mohenjodaro and Harappa have unearthed several terracotta items. It is another expression of Indian art presented through clay. This earthenware is simple, attractive, and true to the material. Terracotta pieces are fragile and should be handled with care. The tradition of using terracotta figures of deities on auspicious occasions brings out the religious nature of this pottery. West Bengal is famed for the terracotta objects produced in the Bankura District. The Bankura horse is very famous. For centuries the craftsmen of this district have been making figurines having ritualistic connotations. Tamil Nadu is famous for the huge terracotta figures of the Aiyanar Deity. They are found standing guard at the entrances of villages protecting the insiders from evil spirits. Delhi and Jaipur are famous for Persian Blue Pottery. Today, many products with modern and artificial motifs are used for decoration and making great presents. Terracotta gift articles such as ashtrays, flower-vases, coasters, tea sets, pottery, paper weights, and decorative animal figures are popular.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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