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Making FacesSelf and Image Creation in a Himalayan Valley$
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Alka Hingorani

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835255

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835255.001.0001

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The Object

The Object

The Object

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(p.15) 2 The Object
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Making Faces
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Alka Hingorani

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835255.003.0002

This chapter discusses the ideas and intents that animate the objects in the material culture of Himachal society. It discusses previous categorizations on the basis of style as well as the advantages and enduring limitations of such taxonomies and of the privileging of provenance and the particulars of the moment of creation. The chapter first provides an overview of mohras and the carriages on which they are placed, known as rathas or palkhis. It then considers the corporeality of the palkhi and how large and intricately interlinked associations of kinship, both divine and earthly, are embodied in mohras. It also examines the history, style, and provenance of mohras, along with the object's innate significance as a representative of a deity and a community. Finally, it explores the ways in which the object transmits signs and signals metaphorically and symbolically through performance, process, and ritual.

Keywords:   object, material culture, style, provenance, mohra, ratha, palkhi, corporeality, kinship, deity

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