Dolls & Toys of Andhra

Andhra Pradesh is well known for the metal dolls that are chiefly made in bronze and copper. The solid cast moulds are made by giving several clay coatings, but with different clay each time, on the finished wax models. These highlight the contours of the model onto the cast image and are therefore important. The molten alloy is then poured in a thin and even stream into the mould. When the mould is broken, care is taken to see that the head of the icon is brought out first, as a good omen.