A resplendent Hanuman statue for pooja. Sculpted from panchaloha, a blend of five (‘pancha’) different kinds of iron-based (‘loha’) alloys, which gives the composition a unique colour gradient. The coppery blue colour with overtones of gold metallic convey the cosmic glamour of Bajrangbali Hanuman.
The stance of Hanuman sculpture is decidedly dynamic. With the gada, His signature weapon, in the left hand and the right raised in blessing, He makes as if to take off into the heavens any moment now. Perhaps this Hanuman statue in bronze captures the moment in time right before He set off for the Himalayas to retrieve the Sanjeevani for Lakshmana.
A wide-set upturned-lotus plinth. This is an integral aspect of traditional Hindu iconography. The tail of Hanuman Ji flourishes behind Him, forming a halo at the back of His head. The engravings that convey attire and adornment as well as facial expression are dense yet sharply and consummately executed by the artisan.
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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