Meenakari Multicolor Large Bajoth / Chowki 16"
This Bajoth table is used as offering a seat to the lords and worship gods in India. This is made by an art called Meenakari. It was introduced to India by Moguls and it flourished in parts of Rajasthan. It is the art of coloring and ornamenting the surface of metals by fusing over it brilliant colors that are decorated in an intricate design. Mina is the feminine form of Mino in Persian, meaning heaven. Mina refers to the Azure color of heaven.
The art requires higher skill and its intricacy calls for application of technical mindset. In Meenakari, the piece of metal on which the work is to be done, is fixed on a lac stick. Designs of flowers, birds, fish etc. are engraved on it. This leads to the creation of walls or grooves, to hold color. Enamel dust, of required color, is then poured into the grooves and each color is fired individually. The heat of the furnace melts the color and the colored liquid gets spread equally into the groove. This process is repeated with each color. Subsequently, each color is individually fired. Colors, which are most heat resistant, are applied first, as they are re-fired with each additional color. Once the last color has been fired, the object is cooled and burnished or polished with agate. The depth of the grooves, filled with different colors, determines the play of light.
Made from Neem (Indian Lilac) wood and Mango wood .
Dimensions 16" W x 16"D x 7" H