Tirupati Dolls of Andhra Pradesh

Tirupati Dolls of Andhra Pradesh


In Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, the red sandal wood (red sanders or raktachandan), so called due to its rust-red tint, is used to carve dolls. This wood is hard and elastic, and resists white ants and fire. The dolls made here have a natural finish and are notable for their powerful modelling and simplicity of form. The toys consist mainly of reproductions of religious figures in the traditional classical style seen in sculptures and are perfectly replicated in small sizes. Some folk figures are also made in pairs, with close attention being given to clothing and ornament. Each pair has a special name. The dancing figures which are highly ornamented and beautifully chiselled have a remarkable dignity about them. Possessing sharp features, these dolls are unique in style.

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