Statues

Metal statue sculpting is one of the traditional and renowned arts in Nepal. Kathmandu Valley’s prosperity in many ways is linked to its early mastery over metal. Artists used to make the master piece of metal sculpture using the unique lost wax metal sculpting process earlier. It started with the Bronze metal initially to make most of the statues but later artists started using copper as they found more flexible to work in copper which has gradually replaced the bronze & brass metal. However, bronze & brass metals are comparatively less used for metal statues rather these metals are used for Kitchen utensils and otherĀ  ritual items. The aspiring artisans for hand-worked metal art are Patan, Chainpur, Palpa, and Bhojpur (the latter three are also known for fine kitchen utensils).

Sculpting metal statue is a lengthy procedure that requires great skill and patience. Crafting work by hand can be exhausting in this technological world. The secrets of quality metal sculpture work were kept restricted within the families. Among many cast & clan in Nepal Shakyas, Tamrakar & Swarnakars of Kathmandu & Lalitpur were best known for their skill in Metal Statues & this skill has been passed down from generation to generation . The Shakyas were best known for carving fine & elegant metal statues using the old traditional lost wax method. The Tamrakars were best known for their skills in carving & designing different types of kitchen utensils & traditional ritual items using brass and bronze metals and Swarnkars for work with gold. However, with the pace of time and increase in demand of Nepalese Metal Handicraft has attracted large number of other groups and has become one of the major source of income in some of the cities as well. The development of handicraft has helped in conservation of national heritage and culture of country; which in return contributed to mollify poverty by creating job opportunities. More recently, these arts and crafts is one of the major exporting industry of Nepal, earning foreign exchange and providing employment to thousands of Nepalese craftsmen, artisans, promoters and businessmen generating revenue to government.

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