The stoopa occupies pride of place in Buddhist architecture. It is a hemispherical structure mounted on a tholobate, which houses the remains of distinguished Buddhist monks. Observing dhyana and/or pradakshina around a stoopa is said to accrue to the practitioner the divine sanskara of the dead.
The scaled-down stoopa that you see on this page has been handpicked for Nepal. It is made of copper, a particularly fine medium of sculpture. Features glittering metallic overlays in both gold and silver, around the zenith as well as down the steps. Replete with the glamour of the divine.
At the heart of the stoopa is a miniature engraving of Lord Brahma (distinct from Hinduism’s creator deity). The flaming brilliance of this engraving supersedes the ample gilding on every other part of the stoopa put together.
Nepalese Copper sculptures – Their Care and maintenance
Nepalese sculptures are well-known throughout the globe for their distinctive features. The artists of Nepal specialize in making small religious figures, especially Buddhist and Hindu, and ritual objects in copper or bronze alloy. The characteristic features of sculptures of Nepal are elongated and languid eyes, exaggerated physical postures, round facial features, and sensuous youthful bodies. All these features exhibit a high level of skill and exquisite beauty that draw their influence from the artistic style of the Gupta and Pala Empires from ancient India. Nepali sculptures are especially appreciated for perfectly portraying the spiritual cultures of Buddhism and Hinduism.
Maintenance of copper statues
The ancient artists of Nepal preferred to use copper more than any other material due to its amazing properties. It is a soft and malleable metal that makes it suitable for molding into any desired shape or form. A sculpture requires a structure with realistic intricate details and copper is an appropriate material for this purpose. Although copper sculptures do not need much care and maintenance, you should not question the need of cleaning them carefully.
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