Shri Dattatreya, a
venerated deity and manifestation of the sacred trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and
Shiva, embodies the essence of deep wisdom and spiritual enlightenment. This Panchaloha Bronze
Statue is a tribute to the deity and also a testament to the talent and
traditional values of the sculpture artist. The age-old technique of
Madhuchista Vidhana (Lost-Wax) has been utilized to create the statue and that
makes it a completely handcrafted item. The focal point of the visage is the
sage-like character of Lord Dattatreya which makes itself prominent by his
hands holding the prayer beads and the holy water vessel.
The intricacies of
the jewelry and the attire are so projecting that the statue transcends the
material world, enabling the devotee to experience the real presence of the
deity. There are other elements around the main image of Dattatreya that
require inspection. The presence of Kamdhenu signifies abundance. The little
dogs that sit about Dattatreya's feet attest to his status as a form of Lord Bhairava.
The mix of artistic skill, spirituality, and cultural history revealed in this
masterwork illustrates the timeless desire for comprehending the depths of
existence and the eternal pursuit of truth.
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.
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