Ardhanarishvara is a
composite androgynous form of Shiva and his consort Parvati combined into one
form. This statuette shows the fusion of half-male and half-female bodies are
depicted. The masculine form of Shiva is represented on the right half, while
the female form of Parvati is depicted on the left. This unique brass figurine
has a polished finish.
Aside from the composite components, the overall aesthetic is one of balance and beauty, which has nothing to do with the Purusha-Prakriti-sammelana notion. Ardhanarishvara symbolizes that the male and female principles are inseparable. Ardhanarishvara signifies “totality that lies beyond duality.” The amalgamated form conveys the unity of opposites in the universe. Across cultures, hermaphrodite figures like Ardhanarishvara have traditionally been associated with fertility and abundant growth. In this form, Shiva in his eternal embrace with Parvati represents the eternal reproductive power of nature, whom he regenerates after she loses her fertility.
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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