Women of exceptional beauty, in a graceful
posture, arrested by the sculptor in the act of applying vermillion (sindoor)-
giving finishing touches to her ornamentation, is an icon popularized in the
temple wall panels of Khajuraho. This exquisite brass Apsara applying
vermillion is a visual celebration of the opulence of the feminine form.
The Apsara stands on an upturned lotus
platform with no draperies on her body, a device that reveals the natural
beauty of the celestial nymph to its fullest. Ornate ornamentation- Maanga Tika
(head ornament), an ethnic necklace clasping her neck, a long necklace
tastefully falling over her breasts, elaborate girdle with Makara motif (a
mythical animal that symbolizes royalty and beauty) are placed masterfully over
her form to highlight the lithesome youthfulness of the brass Apsara. An
enchanting smile appears on her well-rounded face as she raises her right hand
to the parting of her hair, to apply vermillion from the plate she has in her
left hand. The heaviness of her luxurious tresses can be felt in the hairdo on
the reverse of the brass icon, which is embellished with various hair
ornaments. Ready to descend to the realms of the mortal, armed with her divine
beauty, the mystical brass Apsara appears amused thinking of the fate of those
who are wounded by the arrows she shoots with her gaze.
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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