The style and grandeur of the Hoysala period remain unequalled in other eras of Indian aesthetics. The Devi Varahi murti that you see on this page is a fine example of the art that flourished in present-day Karnataka between the 10th and the 14th centuries under the patronage of the Hoysala dynasty rulers.
Neat, angular lines making up the framework. Sharp, symmetrical curves of the silhouette. The inimitable colour of superior bronze medium, the staple of traditional South Indian sculpture. The wide variety of implements in Devi Varahi’s hands are in keeping with the traditional Hindu Devi iconography (most of them are weapons), as well as Her divine relationship with Lord Varaha, a Vishnuavatara (shankha va chakra in the posteriormost hands).
The bronze medium has been sculpted with remarkable attention to detail, eg the lifelike folds of Devi Varahi’s saree. Its hems lower over a moderately high upturned lotus throne, which in turn is placed on an engraved quadrilateral plinth.
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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