Wood Carving Tradition in Bihar: An Introduction

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Chaturbramha_Maha_Bihar-IMG_3553_1100 X 600, Source: Wikimedia
Chaturbramha_Maha_Bihar-IMG_3553_1100 X 600, Source: Wikimedia
During Ashok’s reign beautiful royal throne, royal gates or doors and panels of temples were manufactured by wood artists of Bihar.

From time immemorial Bihar had a history of wooden craft which consist of manufacturing of wooden furniture and toys. Right from the time of Mauryan and most particularly form the time of Ashok it has remained high on the scale in terms of artistic beauties, creativity, durability and cheap price.

During Ashok’s reign beautiful royal throne, royal gates or doors and panels of temples were manufactured by wood artists of Bihar. This ancient art has not only been preserved but also has been converted into a means of livelihood by artists of Bihar which is one of the few places where wood carving work is still practiced.

Bihar is one of the few places where the wood carving and inlay work is done with wall plaques, tabletops, pens, and paper cutters being from wood and inlaid with diverse materials ranging from metal, ivory, stag horn to chips of different wood.

Patna is a very famous center of wooden toy making.

Source: UMSAS, Patna Image source: Wikimedia

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