The four stand cymbal

A stand for cymbals

The four stand cymbal holder has its legs carved in the shape of a parrot. This unique style of a stand reflects the art of wood carving introduced and propogated by Sankardeva in the early 15th century in Assam.

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According to scholars, the artisans or khanikars used to create such pieces in two phases, first the khondua, wherein surface is sliced off in flakes and then objects are given finish after giving patterns. Thereafter the achieved shapes and forms are painted with colours.

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The wooden stand in the shape of a parrot is used as a cymbal stand and is placed near the guruasana in Namghars in Assam. In earlier times wooden doors and panels of satras or manosateries were adorned with intricate carvings of subjects mostly inspired from flora and fauna. Natural colours extracted from minerals and plants were used to paint the wooden objects.