Shiva, wearing a Chandra (moon) in his jata (matted hair), accompanied by his
moon-faced wife Parvati in this handmade brass statue is aesthetically pleasing
and spiritually calming. Sitting on a lotus platform, Shiva is in Lalitasana,
the posture of royal ease, with one leg dangling and the other folded, providing a seat to goddess Parvati.
expressions of Shiva-Parvati, Shiva’s way of holding the damru by making a
scissor-like gesture with his hand, the presence of lotus, and generous use of
ornamentation have made this brass statue quite similar to the Vishnu-Lakshmi
idols designed in this fashion. The artist of this particular brasswork
included attributes of Vishnu and Devi into the images of Shiva and Parvati,
for us to understand the fluidity that exists between the two great gods. It is
the beauty of Indian philosophy of oneness of all divinities that is
manifesting itself in this rare work of art.
of Shiva and Parvati in this brass murti interestingly include the Makara motif
(Makara is a mythical creature, a composite of crocodile, fish, and other
animals, and a symbol of beauty), a feature generally associated with Vishnu.
Among the other noteworthy ornaments are Parvati’s peacock feather-shaped
armbands, her beautiful necklaces, finely designed breast band, and Shiva’s
necklaces, sacred thread, and the belly belt or udar bandh.
Shiva is chaturbhuj (four-armed) and carries a Damru (small drum) encircled by
a snake and a Vajra (mythical weapon) in two of his hands. His main right hand
is raised in the gesture of fearlessness while his left hand is gently placed
on Parvati’s waist. Parvati holds Aparajita (literally, undefeated) flower in
her hand, an attribute related to Goddess Durga, the undefeated, warring
mother-goddess. Her left hand is in the charming Lolhasta mudra, a gesture
similar to the tail of a horse.
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.
Brass idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are especially known for their intricate and detailed work of art. Nepalese sculptures are famous for small brass idols portraying Buddhist deities. These sculptures are beautified with gold gilding and inlay of precious or semi-precious stones. Religious brass statues can be kept at home altars. You can keep a decorative brass statue in your garden or roof to embellish the area and fill it with divinity.
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