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BONE CARVING
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BONE CARVING

Highlights

  • Lucknow is a city where even today, separate combs are crafted for combing a gentleman's moustache, his beard and for long as well as short hair
  • The work is of two types in Lucknow.The jaali,lattice work,characteristic of Mughal architecture is carved extensively on jewellery boxes and table lamps

(IIP) - LUCKNOW WAS AN important centre of ivory carving in Uttar Pradesh.It extensively produced court objects for the Nawabs of Avadh-sword and dagger hilts,plaques to adorn the sides of carrigages and howdahs,chessmen,miniature figures and utilitarian objects like combs,bangles and mirrors.The British introduced ivory on furniture.Since the worldwide ban on ivory,craftsmen have been carving camel and buffalo bone with great skill.

The traditional carvers descended from the ivory carvers of feudal courts. Banned practically all over the world, this craft has later been applied to carving articles from bone. Lucknow is a city where even today, separate combs are crafted for combing a gentleman's moustache, his beard and for long as well as short hair. A variety of other crafted articles made from bone are beads, hair clips, paper clips, bookmarks, photo frames etc.
 
The work is of two types in Lucknow.The jaali,lattice work,characteristic of Mughal architecture is carved extensively on jewellery boxes and table lamps.For jewellery,different shades of camel bone and even dyed pieces are often used.Carving in the round,comprising hunting and forest scences complete with elephants,tigers,parrots,peacocks and flowering trees is done on thicker bones.Carved elephants in procession are popular in the European market.Trinkets are sold at Jaipur and Ajmer in Rajasthan.The openwork products are exported at Saudi Arabia.

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