Sculptures in South India are always synonymous with Rocks and stones. Bronze sculptures are unique and native to the ancient Tamil kingdoms. They are well known and can be found in museums and private collections the world over. The lesser known wooden sculptures are mostly confined to temple and doors.
Ancient wooden sculptures are mostly seen on temple cars (ratham or ther). Temple cars in India are huge wooden platforms fitted with mammoth wooden wheels. Idols of gods are mounted on these wooden platforms, decorated and covered. Using ropes, hundreds of devotees together pull the temple car. The wooden platform is adorned with wooden carvings and detailed artwork.
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The symmetry and details on wooden temple doors are a visual treat.
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It is not only temples that can boast of artistically carved doors… Chettinad mansions have beautiful teak wood doors.
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The Dakshinachitra in Chennai exhibits a beautiful masterpiece door at the Chettinad house in it’s premises.
The mantelpiece on top of this door is exquisite and matchless
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Typical wooden doors in the old houses of South India also have heavy wooden doors, though not as exquisite as the above door.
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Yet another, with a beautiful mantelpiece
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