May 31, 2009

Brass Accessories

These are no ordinary accessories. The round plate and the little box are make-up accessories that are used by the actors of Jatra [=bangladeshi opera]. The round plate is used to mix the make-up [face powder, rouge, etc.] and the little box is used to store the make-up itself. Look closely at the detailed carved designs – aren’t they gorgeous! It might take an artisan many hours just to make one piece. One day I would love to see how they actually carve the designs onto the brass [sadly, this craft is slowly dying out]. For now, I will just enjoy looking at them and their quiet beauty.

*These brass accessories were bought from Dhakeswari Temple in Old Dhaka. You can check out the post on Old Dhaka [May 24, 2009] to see a photograph of Dhakeswari Temple from the 1880s.

 

 [image: Labiba Ali, private collection; photo & styling by Labiba Ali]

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One Response to “”

  1. mufera Says:

    i like it


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