The art of Dokra is endemic to the Damar tribe of the Eastern Delta region. It is the local name given to an alloy resembling brass, which is cast using either the solid or the hollow casting technique. The Dokra composition that you see on this page is an image of Mother Kali as She is widely worshipped in the region. In fact, this murti is in keeping with Her iconography at the temple at Dakshineshwar in Bengal.
A wide-set crown with a leaf-shaped structure at the zenith. Large eyes brimming with intolerance over all adharma. Paisley-shaped structures on either side of Her neck, a discrete extension of the crown found in regional iconography such as in Durga and Kali. A bloodthirsty mouth from which emerges a long tongue. Four straight-shaped arms emerging from the folds of a garment with an androgynous silhouette, reaching all the way down to Her small feet. From the style of border and hemline, it is indeed a saree. The same is superimposed with a luxuriantly engraved neckpiece extends over the length and breadth of Her torso.
With both feet, the great Kali stands upon the breast of Her husband. Lord Shiva lies in a submissive stance beneath His wife, which accentuates the power and greatness of His gorgeous wife.
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