An otherworldly nymph adjusts the parting of her hair. Her beauty is ethereal - slenderly formed in the finest proportions of her sex, with a face as expressive as a tropical sunset. The word nymph is only a crude translation of the Indian apsara. Resident of Indraloka, the realm of existence (loka) of Lord Indra, muse of the gandharvas (celestial artists), the apsara’s beauty lies in the poetry of her being and the finesse of her mind as much as in the allure of her youthful form.
The statue that you see on this page is a dynamic composition. It depicts a tribhanga apsara, which means that her body is jutting out (‘bhanga’) at three (‘tri’) different junctures. In her left hand she cradles a miniscule vessel, just big enough to fit into her delicate palm. With her right hand she extracts a pinch of powdered vermillion from its humble depths and colours the parting of her gorgeous hair. There is great beauty and grace in the gesture of a sadhva (married woman). Her long braided hair cascades down her back, its tasselled end resting delicately upon the undulation of her hip.
The apsara is naked but for her jewellery and the celestial snakes wound around her limbs. Necklaces layered over her full-figured torso, amulets and wristlets and anklets that highlight the finesse of her shape. Circular karnakundalas frame a round, youthful face. She stands on a high plinth engraved with lotus petals.
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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