Bone & Horn
Miniature Camel Toy
A sustainable alternative for plastic toys, this vintage camel miniature toy made of pure camel bone is done by National awardwinning master craftsman. This artefact is completely handmade and is a fine expample of carving and miniature painting by the artisans of Jodhpur.
Jakir Hussain, 56, is an Indian artisan working with bone and horn. His craftwork has earned him accolades from the state, central, and international art critics & governments alike. He has been acknowledged with the Rashtrapati [National] award in 2011 for his exemplary work in crafting a 10-foot model of a train. Born & brought up in Jodhpur, Jakir is a first-generation craftsman. His father, Sattar Hussain was a building contractor and his mother a teacher. Jakir left school in class 7 to support his family and started working in a metal sculpture factory where he learnt the art of polishing aluminium artefacts. Later he transferred these skills to the craft of Ivory carving and eventually to bone and horn. His style and the products he makes are unique and difficult to replicate as the skill required is very high.