wood statue carved out of Vangai wood, a fine timber from Kalakorchi region in
Tamilnadu used for wood-carving now for centuries, represents Lord Shiva as
seated with his left leg placed over his right thigh, and the right, placed
over the back of the Apasmarapurusha lying under his feet. In Indian tradition
the posture is known as Lalitasana – that which revealed ease and aesthetic
The form of
Shiva that this statue represents is identified in Shaivite iconography as his
Dakshinamurti manifestation. The term Dakshinamurti combines two Sanskrit
terms, one 'Dakshin', meaning the supreme master or expert in any of the
disciplines, and the other, 'Murti', meaning form, that is, Dakshinamurti is
the form of one who is at the top of any skill or discipline and is its supreme
tradition perceives the origin and accomplishment of dance, music, entire
knowledge, rhetoric, Yoga, aesthetics and various other disciplines in Shiva
alone. Hence, Dakshinamurti is an epithet used exclusively for Shiva. In
immensely diversified Shaivite iconography the term Dakshinamurti denotes one
of the Shiva’s many forms, that is, the form that represents him as the master
of one skill or discipline, or of the other.
A larger-than-life bronze to grace the home or office of the truly devoted. Fashioned from panchaloha, a mix of five (‘pancha’) different alloys of iron (loha), it depicts the Nataraja roopa (form) of the great Lord Shiva. Caught amidst His powerful, all-annihilating tandava, the stance is one of enchanting grace and harmony. Needless to say, this Shiva iconography has been popular with artisans since the beginning of India’s sculptural tradition.
Speaking of sculptural tradition, the South is where bronze really flourished as a medium. Panchaloha, of which this murti is made, is one of the finest homegrown bronzes and accounts for the deep, rich brown and the sublime shimmer of the Lord’s naked skin. Replete with remarkable detail - the flaying locks and snakes that frame the tandava figure, the gorgeous prabhavali or aureole - this work is a fine example of the merits of the lost-wax method of bronze sculpting.
Known as madhuchista vidhana in the Agamas, it is a demanding technique that involves the skilled artisan to work with his hands. It accounts for the finesse in each aspect of the figure, such as the digits of the hands and feet, the lifelike undulations of form, and the expressive mukhamandala.
A superfine Saraswati murti, sculpted from panchaloha. Panchaloha is a unique bronze made of five (‘pancha’) different iron-based (‘loha’) alloys. The metalcasting method used to work with it is called madhuchista vidhana, an Agamic term for a technique that is now known as the lost wax method.
This Saraswati Mata murti depicts Her in lalitasana on a narrow-cut lotus-petal throne. Her limbs are long and slender, the pleats of Her dhoti gathered realistically over those. The rest of Her is in perfect symmetry with Her veena, the signature musical instrument of the Saraswati idol - a lissome beauty, from which pours forth a musical grace.
From the characteristic metallic colour with overtones of coppery green, to the sheer wealth of detail in this Saraswati sculpture’s form and shringar, this Saraswati Puja murti bears all the hallmarks of authentic Swamimalai workmanship. Zoom in on the richly engraved crown and the expressive composure of countenance to appreciate the same.
The glory of Lord Vishnu, captured in a superb panchaloha sculpture. Panchaloha is a portmanteau of ‘Pancha’, which means five, and ‘loha’, which means iron; it refers to a superior bronze made from five different iron-based alloys. The color of thick molten gold, herein symbolic of the cosmic glamour of Vishnu, is characteristic of the same.
The Lord stands on a traditional-style pedestal - upturned lotus on a plinth engraved with lotus petals. He is chaturbhujadhari, the one possessed of (‘dhari’) four (‘chatur’) arms (‘bhuja’), the signature conch and discus in the posterior hands. A tall, finely sculpted crown with a miniature Kirtimukham motif down the frontal midline, setting of the handsome features of His face.
Note how the multiple fishtail-hems of the Lord’s angavastram form a consistent silhouette. From the undulations of His bare anatomy to the intricate adornments layered upon them, each aspect of His iconography has been brought to life by the skill of the Swamimalai artisan.
“Para-Shakti” or “Para-Ambika”- is the primordial mother goddess in Hindu tradition. She is depicted in many cosmic forms in literature and art of Hinduism, one of which is Devi Rajarajeshwari. Commonly known as “Lalita”- the beautiful one and “Tripurasundari”- the most beautiful woman in three realms, Rajarajeshwari (queen or Ishvari of kings or Raja) is mentioned in divine vocabulary in the pages of Brahamanda Purana, in a section called “Lalita Mahatmya” or the Glories of Lalita, where the origin of of the goddess, her celestial activities and the fruits that she bestows upon the Universe are told by Lord Hayagriva to sage Agastya.
The name Rajarajeshwari according to the Brahmanda Purana’s Lalita Sahasranama (A Thousand Names of Lalita), is one of the epithets for the goddess, to emphasize her universal sovereignty, not only over gods and goddesses, but demons, humans, and all other life forms. The Phala-shruti (fruit of listening) to the Purana narrates that kings going to battle, if they listen to the greatness of Lalita and her wars with the demons, are ever-victorious. A continued association of Devi Lalita with kingly virtues and heavenliness that makes her the protectress and sovereign of all beings, has gained the name “Rajarajeshwari” popularity, however, the names “Lalita”, “Tripurasundari” along with Rajarajeshwari refer to one, sole, supreme goddess, who is beyond Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva and a source of the powers of Sarvadevata (all gods).
Explore this enchanting piece of Odisha's Pattachitra with this stunning artwork of Krishna's Mathura Vijaya. The artwork depicts Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama traveling on a brilliant chariot as the enthralled residents of Mathura gather to witness their adored deity. The Gopika’s make a caressing gesture beneath the chariot, seeking to prevent Krishna from heading to Mathura. The core artwork of Mathura Vijaya is surrounded by images of the Dasa Avatars, which depict Lord Vishnu's ten incarnations. The final picture depicts Krishna's Leela, which sums up his incredible travels from childhood to manhood. This Pattachitra masterpiece commemorates Lord Krishna's eternal attraction and divinity while telling the story of good triumphing over evil.
The merciless Durga brings the great Mahishasura to His knees. Her simhavahana (lion-mount) has him between its teeth, while the dashabhujadharini (the one possessed of ten arms) pushes Him down with Her feet and drives the spear end of Her trishoola (trident) into Him. Helplessly, the proud Mahishasura looks up at the feminine victor.
The work of art that you see on this page is a pattachitra of the Mahishasuramardini from Orissa. ‘Mardini’ is the Sanskrt word for slayeress, while the prefix ‘Mahisha’ means buffalo. This roopa (form) of the Devi is deeply worshipped in the Eastern Delta region, of which pattachitra is a traditional folk art form.
The sheer level of detail in this pattachitra makes this a collector’s item: from the embroidery of Mahishasuramardini’s saree to the miniscule motifs across the background. A superbly detailed temple entrance structure, complete with pillars and archway and templetop, frames the central ensemble. A powerful, lifelike composure characterises each countenance in this painting.
Award : State Award (2021-22)
Place : Kallakurichi
Superfine Wooden Carved Shiva Family is a captivating and award-winning
sculpture that beautifully depicts the harmonious and divine presence of Lord Shiva, Goddess
Ganesha, and Lord Kartikeya. Created by the talented artist Shri. S
Sagayaraj from Vellore, this masterpiece showcases the artist's exceptional
craftsmanship and attention to detail.
sculpture is divided into three parts, each depicting a significant aspect of
the Shiva Family. The lower part portrays the Varahi avatar of
Lord Vishnu, accompanied by Vasuki, the serpent. The middle part captures
the dynamic and powerful forms of Lord Shiva performing the Tandava dance,
symbolizing the cosmic rhythm and destruction.
A larger-than-life (big) Shiva statue that would look great in your interiors or garden space. On a mound of Himalayan rock sits the ascetic of all ascetics. His limbs are gathered in lalitasana, and the right hand is raised in blessing over Shivagana. This Lord Shiva big statue is made from pure brass, which explains the glimmering gold colour.
There is a particularly lifelike quality about this big Shiva statue. The musculature of the limbs, the distinguished digits of hands and feet. The stance of the torso, almost as if one could see the intercoastal motion of divine inhalation and exhalation. The expressive composure of a flawless countenance.
Every detail of Lord Shiva’s traditional iconography has been reproduced in this Mahadeva statue, from the jataayein (dreadlocks) to the trishoola and damroo, and the kamandalu right next to the hem of the tigerskin. The cascading mass of the Adiyogi Shiva (viewed from the back) has been sculpted with particular precision and detail.
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Dimensions of Moon : 23.5x23.5x4 Inch
Dimensions of Tree : 72x36x1 Inch
could well imagine what the Moon had given her: pure solitude and tranquillity.
That was the best thing the Moon could give a person. - Haruki Murakami
remark perfectly expresses the inspiration that a full moon provides to
individuals. It also emphasises the serenity and tranquillity that the moon
brings with its soothing glow. Moon has appeared as the protagonist in a number
of stories and poetry. It is also part of a huge art collection. This big home decor
of a moon, a tree, and a flock of birds is rich with symbolism. The moon
represents timelessness in this context. A tree branch represents the moon's
link to the land and represents a long-distance romance. The birds, as symbols
of freedom and transcendence, symbolise the human urge for emancipation and
flight beyond the confines of everyday life. This musical ensemble inspires
reflection on the universe's inherent interconnection, the search of wisdom,
and the eternal strive for peace between humanity and environment.
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