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Sandalwood Carved Pocket Watch Showpiece

Sandalwood Carved Pocket Watch Showpiece

This work includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

Regular price $340 USD
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Ships from Jaipur, India

Dimensions
Height: 13 Inches (with Chain)
Width: 4 Inches (Case Diameter)

Craft : Sandalwood Carving

Material : Sandalwood

Technique : Carving, Sculpting

History

Woodwork has been there in Rajasthan since the 17th century. The masterpieces of woodwork from the 17th and 18th centuries can still be seen in the museums of Rajasthan. The grand entrance of the palaces and havelis feature intricately carved wooden doors. 

The doors of Rajasthan indicated the beautiful wood carvings that were predominant in the area. The wooden doors also had an influence of the Mughal style; such designs were known as the Akbari Mughal Rajput style doors. This style included designs like lotuses, peacocks, betels, medallions, etc. 

Wood work in the form of latticed windows or jaalis, door arches, parapet walls, etc. are quite popular in Rajasthani architecture. For long Sandalwood has been used as one of the most preferred wood for carving. Sandalwood is easy to handle and carve. Moreover the pleasant smell of sandalwood is an added advantage.

Process

The objects fashioned range from one inch long Almond model case, to a three feet tall doll; all however are characterized by the manner in which the entire width of the wood is carved so as to create a series of progressively detailed layers. For instance, once a wooden flower is opened, the petals reveal small boxes, which in turn reveal minutely carved scenes.

The craft process begins with the cutting of the sandalwood block into the desired size and the maandana or sketching of the form onto it in pen or pencil. Fine motifs may be first sketched on paper and then traced onto the wood. The craftsmen then chisel away the extraneous matter to reveal the finished form. What’s particularly unique about their carvings is the way they carve designs within designs – almost like the layers of a babushka doll. Most times themes for the miniaturised wooden carvings center around history, mythology and day-to-day life in India. The work is accomplished with the most basic and often handmade tools applied with the meticulous care of a filigree artist such as small iron sticks, knives, and chisels to carve with extreme precision on very small objects.

Sandalwood is used mainly due to its malleable characteristics and delicate natural fragrance. It has an even texture because of its close grains and fewer knots. The heart of the wood is most used and it has a fragrance that lasts years. The yellow/brown sandalwood grows darker with age after it is cut. The highly intricate designs are created by using a combination of carving methods, such as deep carving, shallow carving, latticework and fretwork on a nearly impossible miniature scale.

Shipping & Returns

Due to the unique nature of art, if your work is meaningfully not as described, inauthentic, does not arrive, or arrives damaged, we will work with you to find the best resolution, including getting your money back. In some instances, a partial refund, restoration, or exchange may be the best resolution.

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Care Instructions

Clean with soft dry cloth on a regular basis. In case of dust accumulation gently dust of the surface with a fine brush.

If the creation does not correspond to what you were expecting, you can send it back to Malji Arts, So you can buy without hesitation. Contact us for more information!

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Customization

A very small collection of statues are presently on display. If you are
looking for a specific size or design for your idols please feel free to contact us with
your specifications. Also, if we don’t have a stock of any idols, we may be able to
custom make one for you. we insist that the extremely detailed
statues are handmade by skilled craftsmen.

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~ Mohit Jangid: Owner

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