The picture was taken in front of JOR BANGLA TEMPLE at Bishnupur in West bengal.This horses are well known for its "terra cotta"
terra cotta- means, the two words have been derived from Latin. The terracotta materials are made by properly refining the clay, which is then partially dried, cast and molded. The molded clay is thoroughly dried further and is placed in a kiln. It is then cooled and painted.
These horses are the highlight of the district and in fact it is the Bankura Horse that put Bankura on the art & craft map of India. In fact such is the popularity of the Bankura Horse that it is the symbol of Indian Handicrafts.
BISHNUPUR-Bishnupur was ruled under the Gupta period by local Hindu kings who paid tribute to Samudra Gupta.Following a long period of obscurity, where the land oscilated between being a minor independent principality and a vassal state . The land is also called Mallabhum after the Malla rulers of this place. The Malla rulers were Vaishnavites and built the famous terracotta temples during the 17th and 18th century at this place. The terracotta temples here are the best specimen of the classical style of Bengal architecture.
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maloutim (9637) 2010-01-02 8:26
Very interesting indeed! You seem to be very keen and knowledgeable about the History of your country, which is very good! The terra-cotta horses are very elegant. I suppose they are for sale in front of the temple?
All the best!
PJE (20758) 2010-01-02 8:41
Supriya I can barely imagine the creative thinking of the artist who designed these! To me the facial appearance looks something like a cartoon character from my western mindset. I can see however that the facial appearance has reference to an era you refered to in your comments. Very interesting Suriya. In a way I envy you because you have the privilege of being able to discover many unique things of culture in India. Excellent photo capture.
paololg (31448) 2010-01-02 13:23
Ciao dear Supriya,
interesting testimony of the great art of India. Thanks to the excellent photographic quality of this image, we can pleasantly admire these beautiful terracotta horses. Good work, compliments!
Ciao, have a beautiful first week of year!
leonorkuhn (16235) 2010-01-02 18:35
Very interesting artwork in terracota. Beautiful sculptures. Very good capture, great colors, excellent light and sharpness.
subhendu_bagchi (25818) 2010-01-02 20:44
beautiful presentation of this terracotta models. Nice to see and you have captured it with superb depth. Great detailing of the clay models. I only think about another POV to ignor the small portion of over exposed sky. Is there possibility of any other POV? Anyway it is a great photo and I enjoyed it a lot.
Wish you a very happy new year.
belido (19934) 2010-01-03 3:56
you know "terra" means a lot of thing in portuguese: earth, ground, land, territory and birthplace are some of them. Those are such interesting artworks. The material they use for that is called "argila" in Brazil. I like a lot the photo and note. Well done and thanks for sharing!
vasilpro (40933) 2010-01-03 9:19
Very interesting terracotta sculptures, useful notes. TFS!
Have a nice week, Vasilis.
mvdisco (17774) 2010-01-03 10:05
Beautiful art picture of the Jor Bangla Temple at Bishnupur in Bengal, Excellent POV. and great colors and light,
Lovely the terracotta horse and other too,
well presented and composed..
Silvio1953 (123643) 2010-01-04 10:29
Ciao Supriya, great POV on wonderful "terra cotta" (the same in italian languege) statue with fantastic details, splendid colors and superb sharpness, excellent perspective, I like a lot, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
mozzy27 (2) 2010-01-04 13:53
Beautiful image of these magnificent sculptures with their abstract faces. I love the earthy colours of Terracotta just stunning. Very sharp and well composed. TFS, greetings from Australia and Happy new year.
jmdias (56185) 2010-01-04 15:28
amazing horses and these other artcrafts. Very interesring shapes, like modern art. perfect your framing and the soft light. TFS this corner of Ìndia
photoray (12519) 2010-01-06 8:46
Very unusual figurines for us Americans. Unlike any artwork I have ever seen.
Nicely composed and created.
Thanks for sharing,
Angshu (55936) 2010-01-09 21:08
I actually long to go to Bishnupur to photograph these unique works of art and also the terracotta temples which you find in that area. Nice framing, maybe I might have liked a lower POV to create a more artistic version. Your note is very informative even for me!
adramad (38573) 2010-01-27 9:07
Wonderful craftsmanship, beautifully presented in your capture, great image quality that allows us to see every detail of the figures, gives the feeling that their size is large. Well done.