century Buddha, Nepal
century Tara, Nepal
Tucked in the very heart of the mighty Himalayas, the
Kathmandu valley in
the Kingdom of Nepal has for centuries
been home for craftsmen creating some
of the finest
religious figures in that part of the world with many
collections in museums today.
for the temples and monasteries as well as
private households as far as Tibet
and China, all
beautiful statues in Alain Rouveures collections are
following the very ancient tradition of the
lost wax process.
a cast which can generate 1000s of the same item -
good for the tourist industry because
it is cost efficient
at the expense of fineness, the wax method starts by
individual artist carving the figure out of pure bees wax.
wax model will be sold to a small family-run
specialist foundry workshop.
for such wax works very much depend on their age and
the ability and talent
of the artist in giving life and ideal proportions
to the figure chosen.
will reach four-figure sums
the lost wax process, fine clay
is carefully packed around the wax, slowly
left to dry and then baked.
Whilst still hot, the lost wax is
poured out from an escape hole and molten brass, copper or bronze is poured
in and left to set.
gold plated statue of
clay mould is then broken to
retrieve the metal figure. Patient and skilled
carvers will then spend
several days chiselling, filing and burnishing the
figure and giving it life again. Some statues will have
silver or 24 carat
the lost wax process
only one figure can be produced
any one time. It is unique!
use harmful chemicals
no environmentally damaging synthetic dyes
involved in production processes.