Metal statue art work
is one of the most advanced and appreciated art in
Nepal. Metal art in Nepal has been dated back to the
seventh century AD. Kathmandu Valley's prosperity
in many ways is linked to its early mastery over metal.
The Tamrakar, Shakya and Swarnakars of Nepal, used
the unique lost wax metal sculpting process early
on to make beautiful metal sculpture.. They also had the technology to attain heat levels
that could melt gold: this earned them great fame
and money in the Himalayan region, particularly Tibet.
Family secrets, guarded with much jealousy in the
past, are now more easily accessible and this has
helped many aspiring artisans who do not have a family
line to fall back on access chemical recipes and trade
secrets. Bronze was initially used to make most statues
but copper has replaced it in terms of popular use
among artisans. The many workshops and stores have
created a vast pool of metal art for buyers to choose
from. The locations well known for hand-worked metal
art are Patan, Chainpur, Palpa, and Bhojpur (the latter
three are also known for fine kitchen utensils).
Sculpting metal statue art is a lengthy
procedure that requires great skill. A large piece
of art can take up to six months to create and several
people need to work on it. Crafting the work by hand
is sometimes exhausting. As recently 1998, the production
of metal art was government controlled in many ways.
The secrets of quality meta lwork were kept restricted
to a few families. Knowledge of the skill was passed
down generation to generation and was guarded from
those outside the family circle.
The Tamrakars hand-work their metal
and this is a time-consuming process that does not
allow for large quantity art production. They make
statues of Hindu and Buddhist deities. They work with
brass and bronze as well and also produce traditional
jars and plates as well as pieces that were commonly
used in ceremonial events. Shakyas are another clan
that makes metal art using the lost-wax method. The
Swarnakars work with gold. The raw materials for metal
statues; copper, brass, and bronze are imported from
Malaysia, United Arabian Emirates, and other countries.
Some raw materials are processed in Japan or Taiwan.
Still today you can find Tamrakar,
Shakyas and Swarnakars of Kathmandu, Nepal are devoted
to their ancient and cultural gift which has been
passed them by their ancestors. Metal work has been
so perfect that the statues made by them are highly
appreciated by all over the world. Their wonderful
piece of examples may be found in most of the parts
of Kathmandu valley, which have attracted many tourists
since ancient times.
Here is the
list of metal statues HimalayanMart offers to
carry out the tradition of metal craft culture in