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Depicted in polished soapstone, soft feathers and big, wise eyes reveal the material's fascinating grain. Gulam Rasool sculpts a pair of lucky owls that hold aromatic oils in dishes on their heads. Tea lights inside the bodies warm the oil to diffuse its fragrance.
Close to his eightieth birthday, Gulam continues the art he learned from his elders. His father was an marble carver and jali artisan honored with the state award for excellence. Gulam has been honored with the same distinction. He still works alongside his son and other artisans to whom he has taught this craft, and treasures the role he plays in continuing this important Indian artistic tradition.
Nearing his eighth decade, Gulam continues to provide for his family, especially his grandchildren.