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The Terracotta Sculptures of India

Tamil Nadu Giant Terracotta Horse
Massive terracotta horses have been built by Tamil villagers in south India for thousands of years. Stephen Inglis states that "technically they are the most ambitious achievements in clay found in India and by any survey probably the largest hollow clay images to be created anywhere" - Ron du Bois

Ceramics Today carries an article by Ron du Bois on the massive terracotta sculptures of Tamil Nadu. He went into the interiors and saw master craftsmen model and fire a 10ft terracotta horse over a period of 14 days. He has taken photographs of the whole process. Absolutely fascinating. He hopes that his notes will be enhance the international reputation of the little-known but highly impressive skills of the Indian potters

And if you are keen on seeing some other work in terracotta, visit the Terracotta museum in Anandgram on M.G Road. Amongst many other exciting pieces they too have large terracotta horses, on display, outdoors, at the entrance to the museum.


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