Bangladeshi Metal Worker Crafts Arworks Using 200 Year Old 'Lost Wax Casting' Method

Keywords

A chess set is displayed at Dhamrai Metal Crafts on October 5, 2013... News PhotoArts Culture and Entertainment,Bangladesh,Chess,Dhaka,Finance,Healthcare And Medicine,Horizontal,Human Interest,Lifestyles,People,ReligionPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesDHAMRAI, BANGLADESH - OCTOBER 5: A chess set is displayed at Dhamrai Metal Crafts on October 5, 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The owner of the metal crafts shop, Sukanta Banik, creates bronze sculptures in the art of 'lost wax casting.' The business has been in his family for 200 years. The pieces are first molded in wax, then encased in clay, then baked in the oven, after which metal is poured into the mold. One piece can take up to 10 months to make. The business is suffering because most of these items he creates can now be mass produced in plastic, and as a Hindu artist working in Islamic Bangladesh, the 'depiction of all humans and animals are discouraged by the majority religion.' Recently it took a year and a half to send an order overseas, when Bangladeshi customs held his work in hopes for a bribe. (Photo by Getty Images)