Handicrafts & Decorative arts

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Sculptures in Bangladesh have a very long history. The pre-Islamic history of the sculpture mainly deals with Hindu and Buddhist sculptures. These sculptures show a great sense of skill and aesthetics. The history of terracotta, bronze and stone statues begins as early as the 2nd century BC. It was in this period that sculptures became more elegant, refined, well-shaped and worldly. These were high reliefs smooth in finishing and quite developed in terms of craftsmanship. For more details about pre-Islamic sculptures in Bangladesh please click here.http://www.banglapedia.org/HT/T_0126.HTM

Between 1300 and 1500 Muslim architectural style and craftsmanship had begun to merge with the local Hindu know-hows. Islamic calligraphy and geometric designs synthesized  with elements of Hindu culture intertwined flowers, creepers and leaves, and thus a unique tradition of architectural ornamentation developed. Examples of this tradition can be seen in Zafar Khan Ghazi’s Mosque.

Abdur Razzaque ‘Jagroto Chowrongi’
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In the recent years, post-independence brought with it a renewed interest in sculptures. Work of Abdur Razzaque ‘Jagroto Chowrongi’ is considered one of the best sculptures in Bangladesh, considering both form and theme, by art critics. Located in Jaidebpur, and constructed in 1973, it is the first post-Liberation War sculpture in Bangladesh. It depicts a freedom fighter with a grenade in his right and a rifle in his left hand. The sculpture is an 18 feet high concrete piece on a 24 feet pedestal.