‘Hornbill feather’ sculpture sold for a whopping amount of Rs. 1.50 lakhs

Correspondent Dimapur, Dec 2 | Publish Date: 12/2/2019 12:13:13 PM IST

 A self taught artist, Meren Lemtur sold his woodwork ‘Hornbill feather’ for a whopping amount of Rs 1.50 lakhs to the Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio on Sunday at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.

The woodwork sculpture made from Sam Kator with the height of 6 feet 8 inches and breadth of 3 feet 4 inches. Meren Lemtur is a professional sculpture based in Dimapur. Talking to Nagaland Post, the 34 year old said it took him three weeks to complete the ‘Hornbill feather’. “It’s a hornbill feather in a different design in a unique manner”, said Lemtur during the interaction.  

The self taught artist narrated that it took him two years and two months to exhibit his first works for the first time in the Hornbill Festival.  His medium is wood, while some of his pieces are collaborated with stones and iron as well. He started the sculpture woodwork in the year 2017. He does power craving on wood and traditional hand chiselling. 

He said passion for art drives him for each work he does, and added that every piece was unique and doesn’t make the same piece again, he informed. He sought inspiration from movies and personalities of people and nature which depicts in its own unique manner to collaborate with woodwork with his ideas.  

“I give my heart and souls to my work at one go”, said Lemtur. He said the tourist visiting his stall has appreciated his work, however because of the shipment and transportation issues, the tourists have put a hold on the bigger sculptures. Another woodwork was also sold at Rs. 1.30 lakhs. 

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