The union of Shiva
and Shakti from which the universe originates is presented in the idiom of
Swamimalai bronzes in this divine icon. The heavenly pair share a pedestal,
around which a flaming aureole adds dynamism to the imagery. Shiva in his
Pashupatinath form, carries the Ankusha (goad), the Pashu (symbol of the soul),
the gesture of Abhaya or fearlessness, while his left-hand holds the graceful
Uma-Parvati. Devi Parvati mirrors the deific quality of her beloved, as the
picture of divine benevolence, beauty, and power.
The statue is
sculpted in a rounded fashion, which highlights the glorious form of Shiva and
Parvati perfectly. Gently smiling and wrapped in an ambiance of grace and
sacredness, Shiva and Shakti in this form are the ultimate marriage of the
powers of Purusha and Prakriti (the male and female primordial energies).
Eternal Brilliance Unveiled: The Mystique of Panchaloha Bronze and Artful Maintenance Rituals
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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