Photographer's Note

Naturally, the creation of such idols has become a highly skilled and traditional craft passed down the generations of sculptors families. The images are generally made on forms of straw and bamboo, covered with clay. Alternately, they are sculpted out of the pith of reed, reputedly the same material out of which the Raj-era sun hats or the solar topees were made. This pith has the sheen of old ivory and so skilled are the pith sculptors that it seems to a first time visitor a sculpture carved out of pure ivory.

Dress is normally incorporated as part of the reed sculptures but the brightly painted clay images are arrayed in shimmering crowns, costume jewelery and seemingly expensive robes.

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