Bishnupur Horse Couple (small)


Terracotta is an ancient art form, perhaps one of the first expressions of creativity of the human mind. Terracotta or clay craft has been the symbol of man’s first attempt at craftsmanship. In fact, the use of the five elements: air, water, earth, fire, and ether in the Terracotta art form lends it both an air of mystery and auspiciousness as per Hindu beliefs. Terracotta figurines of the mother goddess, male gods, and terracotta cart frames and wheels dating back to around 7000 BC have been excavated from various sites of Indus Valley Civilization like Birhana, Mehrgarh, Mohenjodaro, etc. proving that the art flourished in the Indian subcontinent long before it was used elsewhere. Terracotta also had an important role to play in the trade activities of this ancient civilization.

Terracotta, taken from Latin terra cotta or baked earth, is the art of creating glazed or unglazed porous earthenware, figurines, and other decorative materials from clay which is dried and fired in temperatures of around 1000°C giving it a distinctly orange, red, brown, yellow, or black colour.


Product ID: TBNSH1101

Material: Terracotta

Height: 16″

Width: 3″

Length: 8″

Weight: 1.3kg


Terracotta Bishnupur Horse Couple: Bishnupur/ Bankura horse is a traditional craft of Bengal. This Bankura horse is registered under the Geographical Indications of West Bengal, named Bankura Panchmura Terracotta Craft on 28 March 2018. Bankura horse is the terracotta horse, produced in Panchmura village in Bankura district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It has been praised for “its elegant stance and unique abstraction of basic values.” Originally used for village rituals, it now adorns drawing rooms across the world as symbols of Indian folk art. It is a fact that the versatility of terracotta makes it an excellent choice for home decor. You can use it in any corner of your home. If you are considering a redesign for your home, or even for a specific area, a terracotta based theme is something that you can always try.


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