Travel Shot: The sculpture with a smile

I came across a very unusual and rare sculpture at the sculpture gallery of the City Palace in Udaipur last February. It was a sculpture of a woman with a smile. What’s so rare about a sculpture with a smile, some of you may ask. Then let me tell you this:

I had seen many types of sculptures — abstract, life-like, larger-than-life, surreal…

I had seen sculptures made from a variety of materials — stone, wood, metal, mesh, ivory, silver, bronze, papier-mache…

I had seen sculptures seen in stylised poses — at dance, at war, making love, in thought, in action…

I had seen sculptures with expressions of anger, agony, pain, peace, serenity and sometimes even with blank expressions, but never a smile. Each time, I left a museum or a gallery or a site where there were sculptures, I would always wonder why. Until I saw this sculpture.

City Palace Museum, Udaipur

The sculpted smile

It was a beautiful sculpture. In spite of the damage to the face, I could not miss the lips turned up in a smile. I’m sure that if the eyes were clearly visible, there would have been a naughty twinkle in them. I promptly named her Muskaan, the one with a smile so infectious that I smiled back at her in return. Did you also smile when you saw Muskaan, dear reader?

I hope that in 2014 I see many more smiles around me — on sculptures and on people and on my blog too.

Happy New Year ! :-D

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23 thoughts on “Travel Shot: The sculpture with a smile

    • Isn’t it, Puru? I loved it as you can se. Came across my second smiling statue at Ellora, but this one is part of an elaborate dance panel and part of a larger story that I still have to figure out !

      And a Happy New Year to you too :-D

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    • Thank you, TGND. Glad you liked it. I am drawn to smiles, probably because I don’t smile so much :-P I think I have a smile post ready for next year as well – saw a beautiful sculpture at Ellora. :-D

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    • That is something I’m trying to figure out myself. Maybe happiness is difficult to capture, a smile is difficult to sculpt or maybe it is not right for a smile to be captured. Have you noticed when you try to take pictures of people, you actually have to urge them to smile?

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      • Yes, it may be – not sure why that might be the case though. It was probably not difficult to capture but may be didn’t reflect from the real life models who inspired the artist – which you say rightly about photographs.

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  1. Yes, i smiled at her. She really has a very infectious smile. You know it is quite difficult to draw or paint a smiling face. So, sculpting will be even tougher. Thanks for sharing Muskaa’s New Year smile.

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  2. Agree with Neena. I smiled widely too. And no, I wouldn’t have been able to zero in on such sculptures. It takes a special eye for detail and the unusual, which I lack :( Happy 2014 and keep smiling :)

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    • A warm welcome to “My Favourite Things”, Vineeta. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting and for your appreciaton. I do hope that you will keep visiting. :-)

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  3. Sudhagee, even I have a love for ancient sculptures. They convey a lot more than they seem to. The statues in the temples also had a deeper purpose than just decoration in many cases. I have always wanted to understand the deeper meaning.

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    • Welcome here, Debanjan, and thank you so much for stopping by an commenting here. I really appreciate it. Yes, sculptures always convey a lot more than what they seem to portray. For me it is not just the sculptures that interest me, but also the sculptor who carved them. :)

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