40" Large Goddess Gayatri Devi | Handmade | Madhuchista Vidhana (Lost-Wax) | Panchaloha Bronze from Swamimalai

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In Hinduism, Gayatri represents the Vedamata, the mother-goddess of the four Vedas as well as the first mantra which was composed in the Gayatri Chanda or meter. Maa Gayatri is the amalgamation of the divine powers of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. She is the Shakti of the trinity known as Gayatri, the embodiment of Rig Veda with Brahma, Savitri, the goddess of Yajurveda with Vishnu, and Saraswati, the goddess of Samaveda with Rudra-Shiva. Besides the trinity, Gayatri is also described as the consort of Savitr, a form of Surya, the solar deity.


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Item Code: ZEP546
Specifications:
Bronze
Dimensions 40.00 inch Height X 35.00 inch Width X 16.50 inch Depth
Weight: 126.80 kg
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The process of Gayatri’s transformation from a mantra to an almighty goddess with a multiplicity of equally powerful male counterparts can be understood from a myth mentioned in the Hindu Vedic texts. According to this story, when invoked by the Devas (gods) the Gayatri meter transformed into a magnificent golden bird or Suparna and brought the Soma, the elixir of immortality to the Devalok (home of gods). What this Vedic account highlight is the powers of Gayatri, her ability to grant the boon of immortality as the manifestation of the potent Gayatri mantra. The survival of the Gayatri mantra as arguably one of the most popular mantras in the modern Hindu household says a lot about the might of the Veda Mata. In this large bronze Swamimalai sculpture, goddess Gayatri is shown as a beautiful young woman, sitting in the Lalitasana (posture of imperial ease) on a lotus seat placed on a square, two-tiered platform. Her multiple heads are adorned by regal crowns, while the main head has the crescent moon placed over the Kiritamukuta. A set of bejewelled Ratna Kundala hang from Devi’s ears, jewelled strings sit over her fine shoulders, and armlets in the shape of peacock feathers decorate her arms. A number of necklaces can be seen on the goddess’s torso, with a long necklace falling over her rounded breasts that are held together by an embellished kuchabandha or breast band. A thin Channvira highlights the delicate shape of her waist, followed by an embossed Kayabandha (waistband). Devi Gayatri wears a fine dhoti that clings to her shapely legs and is decorated with a variety of floral motifs all over. The Shakti or power of the Trinity and manifestation of the Gayatri mantra, Devi holds the ayudhas (weapons) belonging to Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva in her 10 hands. From left to right, she carries a Gada (mace), kapala (skull cap), a lotus, Chakra (discus), Shankha (conch), Ankush (goad), Kasa (whip), and a Japa mala (rosary). Her main hands decorated with auspicious signs are raised in the Abhaya and Varada mudra (the gestures of fearlessness and dissemination of boons respectively). A magnificent Prabhavali, the divine aura surrounds the bronze murti, graced by the presence of the mythical Kirtimukha- the face of glory, showing the demon eating its own tail. Prabhavali over the goddess signifies the eating away of one’s own existence and the ego that originates from it in order to reach the highest knowledge and attain moksha. An incarnation of the combined powers of the Trideva and Tridevis- Sarasvati, Lakshmi, and Parvati, Gayatri is equal to Mahadevi or Durga, the visible form of Prakriti, the female energy that runs the world. The mother-goddess whose name cleanses the soul of all its sins and guides her on the path of illumination, appears divinely meditative in this bronze idol, a reminder of Devi’s benevolence that is omnipresent. 

WHAT IS PANCHALOHA BRONZE AND HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT ?

 

Bronze is a metal alloy that has the primary composition of Copper and Tin. There is also an addition of other metals such as Manganese, Aluminium, Nickel, and some non-metals such as Phosphorus. This composition of several metals and non-metals makes Bronze an extremely durable and strong metal alloy. It is for this reason that Bronze is extensively used for casting sculptures and statues. Since Bronze has a low melting point, it usually tends to fill in the finest details of a mould and when it cools down, it shrinks a little that makes it easier to separate from the mould.

" If you happen to have a bronze statue, simply use a cotton cloth with some coconut oil or any other natural oil to clean the statue. "

 

A village named Swamimalai in South India is especially known for exceptionally well-crafted Bronze icons of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The skilled artisans of this place use Panchaloha Bronze for casting the icons. Panchaloha Bronze is made of five metals; Copper, Zinc, Lead, and small quantities of Gold and Silver. Zinc gives a golden hue to the finished figure and Lead makes the alloy softer for the easy application of a chisel and hammer. The common technique for producing these statues and sculptures is the “Lost-wax” method. Because of the high durability of bronze sculptures and statues, less maintenance is required, and can still last up to many decades.

Exotic India takes great pride in its collection of hand-picked Panchaloha Statues. You will find the murtis of Gods (Krishna, Hanuman, Narasimha, Ganesha, Nataraja, and Kartikeya) and Goddesses (Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga, and Parvati), and Buddha statues. You can also buy Ritual paraphernalia (Wicks lamp, Puja Kalash, Cymbals, and Puja Flag) on the website. All these statues and items have been made with a lot of care and attention, giving them a flawless finish. Their fine carving detail represents the rich tradition of India.


Forging Eternity: Exploring the Craftsmanship behind Panchaloha Bronze Statues

Bronze statues and sculptures are known for their exquisite beauty and the divinity that they emit all around the space. Bronze is considered an excellent metal alloy, composed primarily of copper and tin. Many properties make it suitable for sculpting even the most intricate and complex structures. There was a period in history, known as the "Bronze Age", in which most sculptors preferred to work with Bronze as it was considered the hardest metal. Bronze is especially appreciated for its durability, ductility, and corrosion-resistance properties. India is especially known for its elegant workmanship of skills working with Bronze. The artisans of a town named Swamimalai in South India have been following a tradition of bronze murti making for ages. They use a special material known as Panchaloha bronze to make fascinating icons of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

All of us are allured by the beauty of bronze statues and sculptures but there goes a tough hand in casting those masterpieces with little or no imperfections. Since it is an extremely elaborate process, a sculptor needs to be highly skilled in making bronze antiques. The most common technique for casting bronze sculptures that has been followed since ancient times is the “Lost-wax” process which involves many steps:

1. Clay model making

The making of a bronze statue or sculpture starts with preparing a full-sized clay (usually Plasticine) model of the sculpture. This allows the artist to have an idea about the overall shape and form of the desired sculpture before working with bronze, a much more expensive and difficult-to-work-with material.
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2. Mould making

Once the clay model is ready, a mould of the original sculpture is made. This is done by carefully covering the clay model with plaster strips. This step is carried out in such a way that no air bubbles are formed. It takes up to 24 hours for the plaster to dry. Once dried, the plaster is then gently removed from the clay model. The removal happens easily because the inner mould is usually made of materials such as polyurethane rubber or silicone.

3. Wax filling and removal

In this step, molten bronze or wax is poured or filled into the mould in such a way that it gets even into the finest details. The mould is then turned upside down and left to cool and harden. When the wax has hardened, it is removed from the mould.
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4. Chasing

Chasing is the process in which the artist refines the surface of the bronze statue using various tools to achieve fine details. This smoothens the surface and gives the statue a finished look. If some parts of the statue were moulded separately, they are now heated and attached.
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5. Applying a patina

Bronze sculptures are known for their unique look or sheen on the surface. This may take several years to achieve naturally. Applying patina to bronze sculptures is an important step to make them appear attractive.
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Working with clay, plaster mould, and molten wax can be messy and therefore sculptors wear old clothes and remain careful. The entire process of making a bronze statue takes several months to complete. Bronze sculptures last for many centuries because of the high durability of the material. Many centuries down the line, these sculptures continue to be appreciated for their majestic beauty.
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q. Is the statue hollow or solid ?
    A. Panchaloha bronze statues are made through a process of lost wax casting, hence they are solid. To know more about how bronze statues are made, please read our article on Panchaloha Bronze Statues. Whereas, brass statues are made through a process of clay casting, hence are hollow.
  • Q. Can I see the original photo of the product ?
    A. For original pictures of the statue, kindly email us at help@exoticindia.com.
  • Q. Can I return the statue ?
    A. All returns must be postmarked within seven (7) days of the delivery date. All returned items must be in new and unused condition, with all original tags and labels attached. To know more please view our return policy.
  • Q. Can you customise the statue for me ?
    A. For any customisation, a new bronze statue has to be made. To know more, kindly email us at help@exoticindia.com.
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