Metal Casting of Sikkim

Metal Casting of Sikkim


In almost all areas in Sikkim there exist Buddhist monasteries where beautiful brass and bronze metal images of Lord Buddha and other objects of ceremonial use and reverence such as small bowls, plates, and statues can be found. These items are made by local artisans, concentrated in and around Gangtok.

Uniqueness of metal casting in Sikkim holds to the fact that a prototype model is created which is perfected in features and expression that are hand carved. The popular metal casted object is Buddhist figurine or more famous as Ku usually made in copper using lost wax casting. Unlike the figurines produced in rest of India these objects have distinct Mongolian features and motifs. Once the prototype model is perfected a wax mould for the same is created to produce several wax models for casting.

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