The Padmapani Avalokiteshvara in Dokra would be an unusual addition to your home decor. The traditional metalsmiths of the Dokra Damar tribe, who have inhabited the Eastern Delta region for centuries now, are known for their love of social life themes and predominantly Hindu iconography. As such, a Bodhisattva in Dokra is the very picture of the sameness of Hindu-Buddhist schools of philosophy and the fluidity of devotion.
The Lord Avalokiteshvara stands with the right hand raised, holding (‘pani’) a lotus (‘padma’) betwixt the fingers. A wide-set halo shines bright behind His head, the rays of the sun emanating from the circlet in all directions. A composure of profound contemplation on His face, this is the most expressive aspect of an otherwise minimalistic work of art. In fact, a degree of seductive expression characterises the shapely form of the Bodhisattva, the folds of garment on His long limbs, and the finely carved digits of both hands and feet.
On either side of the handsome face is a thousand-petalled (‘sahasraara’) lotus. The long, thick stalk of each winds around His elbow to the right, His soft palm to the left, and cascades all the way down to the solid, wooden plinth. Such a precision work of art belongs to the home of the discerning folk art lover.
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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