Clay & Terracotta of Madhya Pradesh

The age old craft of clay and terracotta art is practiced even today in its traditional way and with passion. Tribals of Madhaya Pradeh region make traditional clay temples called dhabas which has a small door where the deity is placed alongwith the fire lamp(diya). Diwali, festival of lights, is the time when these craftspersons get to sell their ware. During diwali time they make clay idols of the goddess Mahalakshmi, elephants and horses with riders and local form of Goddess Parvati.

. Rough ,solid and plain figures are made by the Jhabua tribal group. Tantric power is very beautifully conveyed by the Mandla artists on terracotta. Figures of love birds are very famous and are always in demand. Gangaur idols are considered very pious and auspicious and are installed in the houses during the month of chitra.