Monday, August 10, 2009

Yet another one for the ... Abrakophiles ... collecting brass birds ...


Its amazing what craftsmenship you'll find in the Indian brasswork ... interestingly here are some birds ... that I was very fascinated with ...


... some with very intricate work ... some part of traditional diyas (indian oil lamps) ... and some with no ornamentation at all ...


... this pigeaon was adorable ... the chest and the body very carefully crafted ...


... many of us are fascinated with the traditional diyas ... may be next time you may take a closer look at the birds crafted alongside ...




...the plume and the tail ... of this peacock was probably what caught my eye ... also interesting were the different pedestal styes for the birds are perched on ...


... this was not a great picture but I had to share it never the less ... unlike all the other birds ... this parrot was so devoid of all intricate carvings ... more realistic ... and yet very much Indian ...




... guess, with the festival season coming on in real soon ... the traditional craft is definately the flavour of the season ...


... well ,I for one always find beautiful treasures come pouring out ... come Diwali ... oh! all that brass sure makes the heart crave for Diwali to come sooner ...





I sure do hope you found something that intrigued you ... may be interested you a lil' bit ... may be got you nostalgic about old collections of mums' ... Do tell me what you thought of this collection of traditional Indian brass birds ... :)

33 comments:

Monika,Ansh said...

Oh, these are really lovely . I hardly have any brass-ware myself. I gotta start collecting now. I love the diyas.

Veda Murthy said...

rajee! lovely birds! beautiful diyas!

Latin Sardar said...

Nice stuff, but at a place where live 3 large size monkeys (my siblings and I, all above the age of 21) things like these are accident(s) waiting to happen.

DD said...

Hi rajee, another fabulous post! .. Lovely diyas.. n pics are amazing. It would be nice if you could mention where we can buy these from .. ( not really important but would be nice ) .. Your eye for intricate details is amazing! :) Love it. Feels like diwali is really round the corner.

Bhavna said...

Beautiful pictures and lovely collection Rajee! I am getting into the mood for diwali just looking at your birds :)

Doodleduck said...

Beautiful.....where did u collect them all? And ur diwali fever is rubbing on to me as well..:-))
(and I am going on like a parrot again....good camera work too!!)

Rostrose said...

Wonderful birds! Thanks for sharing! Traude from Austria

bikim said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! i adore india decor, colours, dances, singing...! these birds are amazing!thanks for sharing i'll be following your lovely blog.
Take care,
Rosa from Portugal

Ever Green Tree said...

Awesome collection in Brass. Beautifully picturised and presented Rajee!

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Monika,
the whole idea of my putting thse posts up is to stir up imagination and passion for all things beautiful around us ... and all these personal collections make a home so much more special.Glad you are feel hooked into it :)... thanks for taking the time to leave me your comments ... it is a great encouragement :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Veda,
I too am amazed at the craftsmenship in our country ...I just fell in love with the peacock ... imagine a Diwali with all such beautiful diyas lite up together ... wow I just get a high thinking about it :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Praji,
Woops, that can be deadly ... but mind you these belong to mu mum-in-law ... and she had her share of crazy three's while collecting these beauties ...all turned out pretty O.K at that end ... so I think you guys could give it a try ... just don't hurt yourself :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi DD,
I am trying to pump up the Diwali excitement ... any excuse to celerate ... great that I can spread it to all my readers as well :) ... I am not sure where you are located, but brassware is available at a lot of stores all over India ... and to find interesting and exquisite pieces well honey ... hunt ... hunt is all I can say ... and in case you want more specifics of stores ... leave me a comment about where you are located ... let me see how I can help you ... and sure would love to help you :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Bhavna,
I am delirious with festive feelings ... what better way to vent it and spread the excitement ;)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Twisha,
Truly love your encouragement ... and honestly I aso love to hear my readers tell my Diwali feelings are getting stired ... what fun ...I get this big smile across my face :) ...
These are few pieces from my mum-in-laws' collections ...she is the biggest abrakophile I have met ... I can go all crazy if I get the time to photograph all her collections and she has been doing this for I guess all her life ... collecting from all corners of the country ... I just loved these birds and had to share them :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Rostrose,
Great to have you leave me your comments ... hope you'll find more interesting posts in future too :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Rosa,
Its wonderful to hear my readers say lovely things about my blog ... all the encouragement I can ask for ... thanks a ton for taking the time to leave me your comments ... always cherished :)hope you find a lot more interesting posts in future :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Evergreen Tree,
Love it that you took the time to leave your comments ... guess as a fellow blogger you also know what that feels like ... it really means a lot and its great encouragement.Thanks ... :)

Devi said...

awesome...lovely!!

Sunita said...

Hey, that's great! I just realised the other day that my collection of birds was growing without my even being aware that I was collecting birds. So what does that make me? An Abracadabra at least, hopefully? ;)
Love the gleam of brass, even the muted patina of brass that hasn't been polished in ages.
BTW, I do like that parrot. He looks like he's made to be stroked.

Rajee Sood said...

Thanks Devi ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Sunita,
Between your travel ... my travel ... my infrequent blogging ... you have been terribly missed.
Hey even if you are an Abracadabra ... what the hell ... never mind ... I'm sure some day your kids will love to show them to their lil' ones ... grannies collection :)
I too was quite amazed that the simplicity of that parrot ... :)

Ananva said...

Beautiful collection, and learnt a new word while reading your blog- abrakophile:)

Ever Green Tree said...

Hi Rajee,

I am new ard here and just familairising myself with blogger when I came across your blog via blogadda. Whoa! Its a work of art and speaks volumes about your passion for Interiors, Designing n finer things in life. Loved the fact that you credit your Mom for being your inspiration. It was a pleasure being here... Regards - Radhika Sood aka Evergreen Tree

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Ananva,
Lovely to hear from you again ... oh! yeah ... I too was very amused to learn this new word when I did the first in this series ... it kind of stays with you ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Radhika,
Its always wonderful to know the real person authoring the blog ...and loved to know that you appreciate my work :) ...I too took my own sweet time figuring out my way around blogging world :)
Well... yes my mum is surely my best inspiration ... and I always feel I don't let her know that enough.Guess we take mums for granted :)

Rekha said...

These are really nice, I love brass artifacts...in fact I used to consider them outdated when I was young only to realize the value of these wonderful crastsmanship now.

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Rekha,
Guess somethings just grow on us ... and for somethings we need to grow up ... and I kind sail the same boat as you, when it comes to a lot of things I saw my mum collect.Now I ask her all about them and its great to inherit a lot of them :)

Iniyaazh - இனியாழ் said...

Lovely collection of traditional brass birds. Very intricate hand carvings.
The birds that look like peacock, I think they are not actually peacocks..The same bird sculptures can be found on the top crown of tall traditional lamps (kuthu vilakku) in South India.

They are known as anna-pakshi.. they are said to be mystical white coloured birds that live in heaven, known for their purity.. so pure are they that if you keep milk mixed with water, they can separate water from milk and drink only pure milk :-)

Not sure how true this is. Neverthless their structure is beautiful, plumes of a peacock and shape of a swan.

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Iniyaazh,
I can't believe what a beautiful piece of information you have shared with me ... I'll imediately add it to the post ... I am so sure a lot more passionate people would love to know what you have shared with me .Can't thank you enough ... but thanks a ton.

Zaara said...

What an astounding collection. On my next trip to India, I need to stop running after silly bangles and countless saris, and bring back more of these treasures! Up for a shopping trip ;-)???

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Zaara,
Oh! and before you hop on that plane ... don't forget to check back again ... I may add a few more things to your shopping list ... :)

Amtrips said...

Hey Rajee,

Lovely collection? Yours? Get me some please.

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