NAQQASHI - ENGRAVING
- Naqqashi is the traditional engraving practiced on silver mostly by the muslim artisans
- METAL SHEETS,MOST commonly brass,are cut and beaten to created the form of the desired object
(IIP) - METAL SHEETS,MOST commonly brass,are cut and beaten to created the form of the desired object.The base and the body of the vessel are made separately and then soldered together.The soldered joints are beaten with a hammer and the surface is scraped.The object is frequently heated in the furnace to keep the metal soft;it is also repeatedly beaten with a mogri, wooden hammer,in order to remove all the dents on the surface.A recipe of lac,buroza(a gum made from rice),powdered brick and mustard oil is made and heated until a viscous solution is obtained.This thick paste is poured into the metal object and allowed to solidify for 5 to 6 hours.The lac ensures that the utensil does not get punctured during the engracing process when it receives multiple blows from the chisels and hammers employed to create patterns on the object`s surface.After the naqqashi is completed,the engraved object is heated so that the lac may be poured out of the utensil.The left-over lac stuck at the edges of the utensil is burnt in the furnace and the engraved utensil is then beaten from within to remove all dents.
Finally,the utensil is burnished with a buffing machine.Widely used in Muslim households,naqqashi objects are usually patterened with floral motifs
Naqqashi is the traditional engraving practiced on silver mostly by the muslim artisans. With the rising cost of silver, the artisans now use brass metal sheets, cut them into the desired shape, which is then rotated constantly and beaten with hammer to the required form. A wooden hammer is used where the metal is thin. The base and the body of the artifact is made separately and then joined together with soldering.
A mixture of lac and buroza -which is a gum made by mixiing rice, brick powdered and mustard oil, is filled into any empty space of the artifact. This mixture will prevent the artifact from collapsing under force when engraving is being done. The metal is kept hot so that engraving can be done easily by chiseling. The artifact is buffed to remove any scratches.
An engraved bowl further ornamented with enamel work.
An engraved lac-coloured container shaped like a veena.
A scroll holder with intricate cutwork.
An engraved silver container.
Detail of an engraved peacock motif;its outspread plumage forming the central motif on the lid of the container.
A brass container embellished with repousse and engraving.