The amazingly detailed mammoth ivory carving of musicians family has been done by the Master Carver. Look at the man standing with cymbals and among the one sitting down the man with the moustache is playing a lute and the boy next to him holds the stick for beating the drums that has been placed on a stand. The bearded man on the left is playing an oriental string instrument (erhu) and holds the bow in his other hand. Notice the delicate hand paintings of traditional motifs on the rustic robes of the musicians family. They all look happy making music together. The intense activity and harmonious music seems to have been captured vividly by the Master Carver.
Perfectly Carved Musicians family
Carved in symmetry and proportion the tiny folds of the dress, the flow of the fabric, bending of the knees and the arms and the natural posture are visible. With individual facial expressions and attributes the sculptor has managed to give individuality to each figure. Don’t miss the tiny shoes that they are wearing or the minute detailing on the face and hands as each finger, lips, teeth and tongue are clearly noticeable. The musicians family has been glued to the wooden stand with table like surface. Each figure is sitting on a differently sized stool, making them look of different heights.
Even though the figures are so small the minute detailing hasn’t been missed. See how the complimenting patterns are not just in the front but continues to the back giving a uniform appearance. The master carver has ensured that the caps with motifs are different from the ones on the robes. The painstaking details on each of the four figurines include the hand painted patterns, making them a cohesive group of musicians. The wooden stand has delicate floral patterns carved into the base and provides stability to the musicians family.