Horses on the go!
Visitors of United art Fair will witness some fine Aiyannar terracota art. The ancient art of making art pieces by moulding and baking unglzed clay, which is limited to a few artists in country will be on display. Magnificent figures of horses that were worshiped as protective dieties in Tamil Nadu will be a part of the exhibition.
These horses are upto six meters in height, accessorised with bells, mirrors, grotesque faces and crocodiles among other regional variations. The style of the horses vary from area to area; some are more realistic or more abstract but they are all complete with harness and reins. The form of these terracotta horses were found at Aiyanar shrines in Salem and Pudukottai districts was noted in 1909.
The curator of this show Garima Jain is a young facilitator for art projects and promoter of contemporary Indian Art and Craft. The pieces are on display to promote and support dying art of terracota. The pieces will be on display at Pragati Maidan during the fair.