Rose Wood/Wood Carving of Karnataka

Rose Wood/Wood Carving of Karnataka

Carving in rose wood is confined mostly to Mysore and Bangalore unlike sandal wood carving which is widely spread all over Karnataka. Rose wood products are carved mainly in a round shape. Furniture pieces and a variety of elephants made in rose wood are in great demand. Structural carvings are very well-known --- there are temples and palaces with massive over-door frames, bracketed pillars, and arches, the crafting of which vary in treatment and technique. Folk deities carved out of wood are also popular. The Mysore rose wood carvings are mostly related to the Dussehra festival, an example being the typical Ambari elephant decorated during this period.

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