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Nagaland sculptor recreates village landscape on wooden table - complete with huts, a bridge, & a waterfall


Sept. 27, 2020

Zingkhai provides for his family with the small income he makes from the sale of pottery items.
A sculptor from Nagaland has carved out an incredible panoramic village scene on a wooden table, complete with huts, waterfall, lights, a bridge and, a gushing waterfall and a stream flowing into a container.
Ningwon Zingkhai, popularly known as a potter, recreated the life-like panoramic scenes on a single block of wood that was fashioned into a glass top dining table.
Zingkhai said he spent over a year in completing the wooden table at his house at Darogojan on the outskirts of Dimapur, reported ANI.
"I did not have any idea about what he was doing before. As a wife, I used to complain of working for so long and never completing his work. We are not financially sound and needed money for our family needs," said Zingkhai’s wife, Sopem, told the news agency.
Zingkhai provides for his family with the small income he makes from the sale of pottery items. For his dining table work, he had borrowed a 7x4 feet wood block from a friend with a promise to pay him back after completion of the work.
Little did he know that his hard-work would receive country-wide appreciation.
He spent a year's time and about Rs 1.70 lakh in creating the village landscape on the table. However, there is still no prospective buyer for it.
"There is not a prospective buyer for this table as of now. I have spent Rs 1.70 lakh to build the dining table. But I intend to sell it for Rs 20 lakh considering the amount of time, energy, and money spent on buying materials while making this," Zingkhai said.
"I want to make a landscape of Jesus and his 12 disciples of an area covering 100x50 metres at Phangrei plateau in the Ukhrul district. The place is a tourist spot and I want tourists to see Jesus when they visit it,” he added.
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