This exceptionally beautiful statue, cast in fine brass but anodized revealing copper-like rich effect wherein better reflects the Vaishnava imagery’s oceanic depth, represents Lord Krishna playing enrapt on his flute. Outstanding in modeling, plasticity, artistic merit and worth, visual effect and figural balance the statue blends the best of different art-traditions for reaching such level of excellence.
The image pursues South Indian norms of iconography of the figure conceiving the image of Krishna like that of Vishnu with alike stately grandeur and majesty : the towering crown, mark of Vaishnava ‘tilaka’ on the forehead, ‘prabha’ – halo, typical facial features, moderate figure-height, among others, and those of metal casting prevalent in South Indian art, but the perceptible emotionality with which his image has been treated, especially as it reveals in its ‘tri-bhang’ posture, and the ‘bhava’ – bearing, on the face, are the elements of Krishna’s ‘lila-rupa’ – divine sport, the characteristic features of north Indian art.
The ‘bhava’ that this image reveals sublimates the mind transcending
it to spiritual heights. The gentle smile that floats on the image’s
lips manifests the rapture within, and beauty, auspiciousness and good
without. The image inherits the aura of transcendence from the
Krishna’s entire worship cult, a path of love and redemption from the
material world by being its very part : ties being the tool of
redeeming from ties. As for its exceptional ornamental character, the
image seems to borrow it from Halebid sculptures in Karnataka. The
artist has used an abundance of decorative frills all over the figure
curling like floral and vine arabesques emitting from every zone of
the image, from ornaments and costume, mainly those flanking the face
from behind looking like components of headgear or ear-ornaments,
stretching and clinging to shoulders and trailing further down across
the arms, those attached to arm and wrist bands, some more elaborate
pieces to waist-band and girdle, and a few to the ‘patta’ – decorative
component of the ‘antariya’ attached to it for beauty in the centre of
‘antariya’ between the two legs.
Not exactly, Krishna manifests in his ‘tri-bhang’ posture 'lasya' – a
mode of dance that defines love, beauty, creation and aesthetic
delight, broadly all aesthetic aspects that reveal in an accomplished
dance. Scholars have discovered in three curves of his figure or
rather in any three numbers related to it a cosmic mystique. An
incarnation of Vishnu, all three worlds are Krishna’s magnification
and are at his command, a theory that acknowledges him as Jagannatha,
the Lord of the universe. He controls entire cosmic course : creation,
sustenance and dissolution. Those advocating this theory perceive
three curves of his figure as pervading the three worlds that comprise
the cosmos. The image manifests other repeats of this analogy of three
numbers. His headdress comprises three components : 'prabha' –
circular disc on its back, crowning element on the forehead, and a
towering apex which itself elevates into three steps, and further, in
three rings that the ‘prabha’ has, three folds of neck, the form of
girdle, and so on.
As overwhelmed by divine melody pouring from his flute, the entire
image appears to burst into divine rapture. The bliss with which the
face glows is the most outstanding feature of the iconography of the
image. Strangely, it discovers its excellence in bold details but in
their exceptionally sensitive treatment. Sharp nose, emotionally
charged eyes, well-defined chin and lips with a smile floating on them
are the features of the figure's iconography. Triply folded neck
naturally aligns between the face and the torso. Good figure height,
recessed belly, long and pointed fingers and beautifully curling hair
falling on the back define the anatomy of the figure. He is clad in a
well-pleated 'antariya’ supported by a waist-band and beautified by a
decorative central stripe, and two ‘patakas’ – decorative large
scarves, designed like frills and attached to the girdle unfurling on
the right and the left. The figure is enormously ornamented from head
to toe and even the back of the hand has a traditional ornament rarely
seen adorning a figure. Most delightfully, there perches on his left
shoulder a tiny form of a peacock. Besides its long tail it has
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books.
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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