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Hingan - Votive terracotta painted plaque

Hingan- or the votive terracotta painted plaques of Molela, Rajasthan, India are craft works of Asawala sub castes of the Kumhar caste in Rajasthan. Votive terracotta painted plaques produced by the terracotta artisans of Molela are actually hand modelled hollow relief of Hindu deities, especially of the neo-Vaishnava deity, Dev Narayan. Made from clay, mixed with rice husk and donkey dung in required proportion, the plaque is sun dried and baked in an indigenous kiln before it is painted with mineral colours and eventually coated with a local made lacquer, called 'jala'. Several tribes in Gujarat and Rajasthan travel for more than 200 km once in a year to buy these plaques from Molela and bring them to their villages. These deities are installed and worshipped for 3 to 5 years in the shrines located in their villages till they are replaced by the new ones. Terracotta artisans from Molela are the only community entitled to meet this requirement of the tribes. This system has provided sustenance to the traditional craftsmanship for several generations.


Source IGNCA Inventory of ICH, Janapada Sampada Division, IGNCA

Contributed by Aditya, CEE Ahmedabad

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