This is a Bronze figure of Shiva in the
form of Vrishavahana (one whose mount is the bull). In this form, he is always
accompanied by his bull and his consort Parvati or Uma. But often we can also
see him, just in a posture suggestive of leaning on the bull when it is absent,
as is the case with this sculpture. Some sculptures also have an absence of
Parvati. This form of Shiv does not represent any
particular myth. In the earliest lithic examples in Pallava art, he stands
without Parvati in front of his bull in a relaxed posture with one of his right
arms resting on the animal.
The aesthetic appeal of the bronzes is inexplicable. The sculptures are highly elegant and are strongly modelled with heroic proportions and majestic bearings. The Vrishavahana form of Shiva is highly different from the usual iconographic depictions of Shiva. Here, he looks like an ordinary human being without spiritual and supernatural elements. At the same time, Goddess Parvati is depicted almost the similar way she is normally seen, clad in grand costume and elaborate jewelry. This is an authentic original bronze Statue from Swamimalai.
WHAT IS PANCHALOHA BRONZE AND HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT ?
Bronze is a metal alloy that has the primary composition of Copper and Tin. There is also an addition of other metals such as Manganese, Aluminium, Nickel, and some non-metals such as Phosphorus. This composition of several metals and non-metals makes Bronze an extremely durable and strong metal alloy. It is for this reason that Bronze is extensively used for casting sculptures and statues. Since Bronze has a low melting point, it usually tends to fill in the finest details of a mould and when it cools down, it shrinks a little that makes it easier to separate from the mould.
" If you happen to have a bronze statue, simply use a cotton cloth with some coconut oil or any other natural oil to clean the statue. "
A village named Swamimalai in South India is especially known for exceptionally well-crafted Bronze icons of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The skilled artisans of this place use Panchaloha Bronze for casting the icons. Panchaloha Bronze is made of five metals; Copper, Zinc, Lead, and small quantities of Gold and Silver. Zinc gives a golden hue to the finished figure and Lead makes the alloy softer for the easy application of a chisel and hammer. The common technique for producing these statues and sculptures is the “Lost-wax” method. Because of the high durability of bronze sculptures and statues, less maintenance is required, and can still last up to many decades.
Exotic India takes great pride in its collection of hand-picked Panchaloha Statues. You will find the murtis of Gods (Krishna, Hanuman, Narasimha, Ganesha, Nataraja, and Kartikeya) and Goddesses (Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga, and Parvati), and Buddha statues. You can also buy Ritual paraphernalia (Wicks lamp, Puja Kalash, Cymbals, and Puja Flag) on the website. All these statues and items have been made with a lot of care and attention, giving them a flawless finish. Their fine carving detail represents the rich tradition of India.
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