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Making Faces: Self and Image Creation in a Himalayan Valley

Alka Hingorani


Taberam Soni, Labh Singh, Amar Singh, and other artists live and work in the hill-villages of the lower Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, India. There they fashion face-images of deities (mohras) out of thin sheets of precious metal. Commissioned by upper-caste patrons, the objects are cultural embodiments of divine and earthly kinship. As the artists make the images, they also cross caste boundaries in a part of India where such differences still determine rules of contact and correspondence, proximity and association. Once a mohrahas been completed and consecrated, its maker is not permitted to ... More

Keywords: deities, Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh, India, mohra, caste, gods, artist, object, artisan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835255
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835255.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alka Hingorani, author
University of California, Berkeley

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