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Shop Maternal Love in Terracotta by Ranjan Das
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Shop Melodies in Clay in Terracotta by Ranjan Das
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Shop Melodic Tradition in Terracotta by Ranjan Das
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Shop Vilage Elder in Terracotta by Ranjan Das
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Shop Village Herald in Terracotta by Ranjan Das
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Shop Traditional Elegance in Terracotta by Ranjan Das
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Shop Elephant Craft in Terracotta by Ranjan Das
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Shop Ornate Elephant in Terracotta by Ranjan Das
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Shop Bankura Horse in Terracotta by Ranjan Das
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Shop Bankura Horse in Terracotta by Ranjan Das
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Shop Traditional Terracotta Splendor in Terracotta by Ranjan Das
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Shop Majestic Bankura Horse in Terracotta by Ranjan Das
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Shop Devas in Terracotta by Dinesh Molela

Devas in Terracotta by Dinesh Molela

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Shop Maa Kali in Terracotta by Dolon Kundu

Maa Kali in Terracotta by Dolon Kundu

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Shop Scenes from the Ramayan in Terracotta by Dinesh Molela
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Phooler Alpona: A Floral Tapestry in Terracotta by Dolon Kundu
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buyt Birds on the Floral Branch: Terracotta by Dolon Kundu
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Floral Vines in Terracotta by Dolon Kundu for sale
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Water Lily Bed in Terracotta by Dolon Kundu for sale
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Birds and the Lotus: Terracotta by Dolon Kundu for sale
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Sculpted Lotus Pond in Terracotta by Dolon Kundu for sale
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Buddha's Lifecycle in Terracotta by Dolon Kundu for sale
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The Lotus Pond Decor Plate in Terracotta by Dolon Kundu for sale
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Radha Krishna artwork in Terracotta by Dolon Kundu for sale
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Svarn Mrigha: The Golden Deer in Terracotta by Dolon Kundu
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Sita and Hanuman in Terracotta by Dolon Kundu
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Shabari ke Ber: Terracotta art by Dolon Kundu
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Birds in Terracotta by Dolon Kundu
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About

Teracotta art has been practised in India for thousands of years, dating back to the Indus Valley civilization. Clay is used to make earthenware, figurines, and other ornamental items. Clay is dried and then fried at extremely high temperatures to allow it to take shape. The artform also has a spiritual importance, as it is claimed in Hinduism that this material uses the five components of the universe: air, water, fire, ether, and earth. States including as Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have a long and illustrious history with the art form.

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Terracotta has been an intricate part of the Indian sub-continent since time immemorial. The use of terracotta to make sculptures and pottery dates back to the pre-Harappan and Harappan era. Each region has its own characteristic and stylistic features for the use of terracotta in its craft, one of them being the Molela craft from Rajasthan.
The origin of the molela craft is unknown. However, various legends ascribe the craft to a blind potter who dreamt of Shri Devnarayan. The deity had asked the blind potter to make his image. Initially the potter was hesitant to comply owing to his blindness, however, he agreed with the wish of his god. The next morning, his eyesight was restored and people from his community started preparing and worshiping such votive plaques for wish fulfilment.
The most important deities depicted are Devnarayan and Nagaraja. Although there are many other deities depicted as well. Specific colours are used to identify different deities such as blue is used for kala bhairav and orange is used for gora bhairav.
The colours are prepared using natural stones and minerals found in the region.Specific colours are used to identify different deities such as blue is used for kala bhairav and orange is used for gora bhairav.
The colours are prepared using natural stones and minerals found in the region. The colours for molela are prepared from natural stone and mineral colours. Palewa is the clay slip which is used to prepare different colours when mixed with different stone and minerals. For example, red is prepared by mixing geru to the palewa and water mixture. Dawrigund, a vegetable gum is used as a binder. Jala, a locally available laquer coat is used for the shine instead of using commercial varnish since the votive plaques were traditionally religious in nature.

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