Both the literature and the metal images excavated by
archaeologists establish the fact that the art of bronze
casting has been continuously practised in India for
more than five millenia. In India each metal is believed
to possess its own alchemic and healing properties.
The Indian metalsmith is known for various methods of
metal working and has created forms with vision, conception
and sensitivity of a sculptor.
Interesting brass and iron work is done in Ladakh, where
highly ornamental and soundly effective kitchen stoves
are made purely by hand. Many items are made here by
the combination of silver, brass and copper. Copper
vessels of Kashmir with floral designs and calligraphy
show the excellent artisanship.
Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat present wide range of brass
items. In South India, metal icons, especially of bronze,
are believed to absorb the charged energy of The Divine
which is stored in the inner sanctum of a temple where
the icon is installed. Ornaments, utensils, icons and
figures are made out of different metals. These objects
are further embellished through punching, engraving,
inlaying and enamelling.