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The Indra on Airavata


Ancient Carving Patina Illusion made from Papier-mâché, Light and Sustainable!

This beautiful artwork on a wooden pedestal is made from papier-mâché by the talented community at Jayav Art. It is an original patina illusion artwork made from recycled paper. As a result, it looks like a stone sculpture, but the eco-friendly artwork is as light as paper and as solid as wood! Choose The ”Indra on Airavata” and give your home décor  a touch of Antiquity!

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Ancient Carving Patina Illusion made from Papier-Mâché, Light and Sustainable!

In Hinduism, each of the divine Gods and Goddesses have their own animal escorts. These are also called as Vahanas (animal vehicles). The literal meaning of a Vahana is something which carries, or pulls. While different Gods are associated with different Vahanas, Lord Indra, the god of gods, is associated with a white elephant called Airavata.

Airavata is the mythological winged white elephant. Airavata is also called ‘Ardha-Matanga’, meaning “elephant of the clouds”; ‘Naga-malla’, meaning “the fighting elephant”; and ‘Arkasodara’, meaning “brother of the sun”.

One of his names means “the one who knits or binds the clouds”, hence the myth that elephants are capable of producing clouds.  When Indra defeated Vritra, Airavata reached down to the watery underworld with his trunk, sucked up the water and sprayed it into the clouds.  Indra then caused cool water to rain down, thereby linking the waters of the sky to those of the underworld.

Jayav’Art Difference

Creative Art Deco
The recycled materials and handmade process make each item one of a kind, with a story to tell.

Smart Sculptures
Papier mache is light, so suitable for masks and other sculpture intended to be carried, and can take very fine detail. It is also solid as wood!

Sustainable Art
At Jayav Art, we help people with disabilities to fully participate in work-based learning and we recycle old paper into beautiful works of art.





water patina




26 x 04 x 32 cm


378 g

Our Story

Jayav Art is a social enterprise which transforms recycled paper into environmentally friendly sculptures while creating decent jobs for vulnerable people. The adventure began in 2010 when Philippe Brousseau, a French artist of great renown was touched by a Cambodia ravaged by 30 years of war. Then, he met his Cambodian counterpart Tara, who was also passionate about papier-mâché art and who had the same desire to promote this local art that was still unknown internationally. Philippe and Tara wanted to create their eco-friendly artwork with conscience. It’s why they focus on an environmentally friendly approach, realizing that every step they take affects the planet and the people on it. Read more

How do we make sustainable art work from papier-mâché?

Firstly, all of our sculptures are entirely handmade with recycled paper and vegetable fibers. Then, they are decorated with natural pigments and acrylic colors. Finally, our environmentally friendly manufacturing process makes it possible to recycle old newspapers. As a result, our papier-mâché artworks are lightweight while appearing as heavy as any other sculpture. This means they are easy to ship. Read more

The Indra on Airavata


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