Magnificent Horse head oil lamp made from brass metal using the 5 century old Lost wax process of metal crafting by the most skilled artisans from South India .
Hanging on a chain with a round base, the horse head and mane is beautifully handcrafted displaying intricate design and engraving.
The lost wax casting from the city of Mannar in South India is famous for its fine metal craft and for its bell metal which is a bronze alloy made from stuff strong enough to withstand lightning.
Now, only a few hundred families are involved in the trade, and secrets, skills, figures and calculations are passed down sacredly, from one generation to the next…”
Lost Wax Process: The process starts with a clay core shaped to approximately resemble the final image which is then covered by a layer of soft wax, on which intricate details are delicately sculpted. The wax model is then covered by layers of fine clay. Drain ducts are left for the wax, which melts away when the clay is baked, thus creating a mould for the metal that will be poured inside it.