Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is instantly recognisable from His thousand limbs and eleven heads. Legend has it that when he glanced into ihaloka (mortal realm of existence) from His residence at Mount Potala, His head split into infinite parts from the trauma prevailing herein; and then He grew infinite limbs in order to work towards alleviating the same.
The brass Avalokiteshvara murti that you see on this page depicts Him standing with His anteriormost hands joined in namaskaram. The contemplative composure is consistent for the first nine heads arranged in concentric circles of three above His shoulders; while the tenth one further above is wrathful in appearance, and the eleventh one at the zenith is a chhavi (image) of the Buddha Himself. The thousand arms make for a perfectly symmetrical silhouette. The six arms which are discernible bear some ritual implements marked out in metallic colour.
A coppery, washed-out green predominates the colour palette of the sculpture. The same is punctuated by metallic hints of gold in the crown and hem regions, the adornments and implements, as well as the pedestal.
How to keep a Brass statue well-maintained?
Brass statues are known and appreciated for their exquisite beauty and luster. The brilliant bright gold appearance of Brass makes it appropriate for casting aesthetic statues and sculptures. Brass is a metal alloy composed mainly of copper and zinc. This chemical composition makes brass a highly durable and corrosion-resistant material. Due to these properties, Brass statues and sculptures can be kept both indoors as well as outdoors. They also last for many decades without losing all their natural shine.
Brass statues can withstand even harsh weather conditions very well due to their corrosion-resistance properties. However, maintaining the luster and natural beauty of brass statues is essential if you want to prolong their life and appearance.
In case you have a colored brass statue, you may apply mustard oil using a soft brush or clean cloth on the brass portion while for the colored portion of the statue, you may use coconut oil with a cotton cloth.
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