I received these wonderful clay bowls Rosanna made me more than a month ago (on 8/9/10-notice 8,9,10?) and it has taken me till 10/10/10 to show them off properly. Of course, it is a case of kismet that I had to wait this long. You must surely expect the mystical by now on this blog!
Rosanna not only made the bowls, she also hand painted each and everyone of them in the primitive theme so that they could be used in this house. I roughed them up a bit because they were perfect, but only a bit. It also took me a while to decide where to display the bowls and after that, one shelf that I built for half of them just would not behave (see lower shelf)- it refused to stay straight and kept drooping down!
That was why some of the bowls were on the floor yesterday when SuZ came by last night. Now my sister had insisted that my dad send her to my home straight from the airport because she just had to show everyone (mum, dad and me) what she bought me from Chennai.
I was really excited when SuZ took out the boxes. Although she had shown me on Skype these dolls last month (she was away for 3 weeks), I really wanted to see them up close and personal. I remembered oohing and ahhing already when they were on screen but last night, I fell in love 6 times over.
I was worried that the dolls were not of scale but SuZ dispelled my fears when she took a look at the tribal house and plonked Mr. Punch, the potter in the room behind these bowls. Look, she exclaimed, he's right at home here. I wanted to protest but Mr Punch looked seriously pleased so I only mumbled my grumble. My darling sister then proceeded to place 2 other dolls in the house, stood back and looked just as pleased as Punch!
Nooooo, That's the bedroom! Mr. SS (spice seller) can't be there! Of course, my protest fell on deaf ears. I must say though, Mr. SS with the bedroom eyes also seems pretty comfy where he is.
Handsome as he is, he sure owns a lousy tool. I must change that scale and maybe repack the food. They look like real food, don't they? To be honest, I can't really tell.
Speaking of food, when I took this picture, I had thought this man was a food vendor. Of course, I had to find out what kind of food so I googled and after 1 hour, I found out from here that this is actually a priest performing puja and that puja is a daily ritual involving devotion by the offering of food, drink and prayers to a deity.
I also found to my horror that I am missing a piece here (see the glue stain?) and that I have already thrown away the box. Of course, I went and rummaged through the bin filled with dead leaves, ants and mosquitoes. Badly bitten, I eventually found the box but no missing piece. Guess I will have to make this one as well.
These are the three vegetable sellers who make me feel like spewing poetry or break into a song every time I lay my eyes on them .
Lalala, how do I love thee?
Let me count the ways ..lalalalala
Firstly. there's the changing expressions
Can you see how the chubby plea to buy ..
...quickly turn into grimaces for help with just a sideward glance?
Then there 's the giant fruits, so easy they will sell!
Love how the clothes are made from real cloth in perfect perfect scale
But most of all, I Love thy hair ,
be it on your heads,
or in the chests
And most definitely under the armpits!
To my delight, I found out from some bloggers I visit regularly that Navaratri was on Friday (8/10) . On this occasion, some households display their doll collections for 9 nights. I hope to take this opportunity to celebrate my own festival of dolls with this display made by SuZ inspired by Rosanna's bowls. My dear, sweet sister will be celebrating her birthday right in the middle of the Navaratri festival on 13/10 with the people who love her to death, us.
Thank you, Rosanna , thank you, Suz!
The Beauty of Krishnanagar Dolls
It took me an incredible 5 hours on the net before I found out that these wonderful dolls were the famous Krishnanagar dolls. You know me, I just had to know where they are from or I won't be able to sleep. So although this post started in the afternoon of 10/10/10, I finally only finished past midnight. Actually, it's almost 1.30am now.
This is what I found out about from here: