THE CLAY MOULDING MASTERS OF LAHORE
THE MIND BOGGLING DRAWING AESTHETICS
Lahore surprises us with clay figurines of exceptional talent. Certainly these were not meant for mere children, and their price and value would be totally different. We hear of COGOO GHORAS of Lahore. But those were simple clay models, repeated endlessly, without any real aesthetic value. But on other hand we come across figurines of exceptional merit, certainly done by Masters in their trade, as well as the drawing by equally important Masters. The subjects of such Ustads are endless. We have so many different ones and each one surprises us with their intensity of being moulded from clay. Clay must be exceptional too, by being hard as well as having capacity for nice detailing.
We present here a broken figurine of a tall man, very slim, with a bird on his shoulders. He is wearing a cap of some nature. Some writing perhaps on it too. What kind of a bird it is? Falcon, parrot, or some other species, and for what purposes? We hear of bird hunters and we try to guess that it is a figure of a bird hunter. Is the bird on his shoulder a decoy, companion, or a bird hunter too! One can only do guess work. The man has an exceptional face, nothing in routine or otherwise. A tall man with a bent back is indeed excellent perception. Did he exist or is it from mere Imagination? No one knows, but one can enjoy as an art observer, the detailing of a Clay Master of Lahore. Broken arms could have told us more things, or even legs. Maybe it was part of a bigger sculpture. One can only guess. But still enjoy!