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This piece has been carefully painted with lacquer, which was then loyally rendered in fine copper leaves to produce a lusciously warm finish on a traditionally black background.
Whilst the term Devata is commonly mistaken as meaning only "supreme deity", it actually has several variations. For example, in Angkor Wat, where the women were considered to have been descendants of gods and goddesses, they have since been termed "Devata", with the Angkor Wat temple itself containing one thousand, seven hundred and ninety six portrayals of these revered women. Each one of the reliefs is entirely unique.
In this piece, we see Devata being welcomed by normal people, though the short haired men carrying the sedan chair suggest that the two people kneeling in front are rather important. The kneeling position of the two also indicates quite how revered the Devata were.
To create the detail in copper, copper leaf is mixed with lacquer, which is then meticulously applied to the originally painted area of the board, though for the most part each of our artisan have their own techniques for mixing and applying the paint to best effect.