9" Monotone Devi Varahi | Handmade | Madhuchista Vidhana (Lost-Wax) | Panchaloha Bronze from Swamimalai

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Black complexioned like that of a storm cloud Goddess Varahi is described as the Shakti or feminine energy in Hinduism and is the divine consort of Varaha, the boar avatar of Lord Vishnu. She is one of the seven Matrikas and holds a great reverence in Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Shaktism. This bronze sculpture of the Goddess, is depicted as seated in lalitasana on a heighted pedestal, chiselled in floral patterns forming graceful designs in its various layers. Her left leg rests on an outgrown lotus flower at the bottom as a sign of her grace, purity and divinity.

The most distinctive aspect of Goddess Varahi is her head of a sow and body of a human female. This combination is often used in curses to protect land from invaders, new rulers and trespassers. Keeping up to the expectations, the sculptor has realistically carved Goddess Varahi’s body structure, keenly focussing on all her beauteous attributes and iconographic features. You will be amazed by the luscious flow of silk sari, with its pleats covering her torso beautifully and form a charming horizontally layered pattern at her legs. She is embellished in chakra earrings and multiple necklaces along with other knickknacks that add to her aesthetics and cosmic aura.


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Item Code: ZEO810
Specifications:
Bronze Statue
Height: 9.4 inch
Width: 4.6 inch
Depth: 7.2 inch
Weight: 3.90 kg
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This bronze sculpture of Varahi is ornated with lavishly designed karanda mukta (a conical basket shaped crown). Having a stylized tomb like top. She is carved here as ashtabhujadhari (one with eight limbs); anterior hands are in a gesture of abhaya and varada mudra respectively and the remaining six hands hold Goddess Varahi’s desired weapons like, chakra, conch, plough, chamara (yak’s tail), ankusa (goad) and a noose respectively. This bronze Varahi sculpture is sculpted in the best of its iconic aspects and neatness. 

There is no mistaking the sow-faced Devi. Of the Saptamatrkas, the name given to the seven (‘sapta’) maternal deities (‘matrka’) of the Hindu pantheon, Hers is the most distinctive form of the lot. She is the Lord Varaha, the porcine avatara of Lord Vishnu, translated into shakti, the feminine/matter principle. As such, She is an incarnation of Bhoodevi Herself, wife of Lord Vishnu.

Beauty may not be a thing with Devi Varahi, but She is no less than the traditional Hindu Devi in terms of strength and power. Her iconography reiterates just that. She is seated in lalitasana on a multi-tiered pedestal carved with lotuses and its petals. The pleats of Her saree fall elegantly over the upturned lotus bloom of gigantic proportions that forms Her seat. Multitudinous limbs wielding a variety of weapons to fight off adharma, the mudra of aashirvada (blessing) and abhaya (fearlessness) gracing the hands of the anteriormost pair. A tall, tapering crown to go with the slender undulations of that curvaceous body. A composure of equanimity and all-encompassing wisdom characterises the unusual face of Devi Varahi.

A deep, earth-coloured monotone. The chhavi (image) of a seated, maternal Devi. A superb level of precision sculpting and attention to detail. All these contribute to an aesthetics that is at once grounded in the great Indian sculptural tradition and stands the test of time.



Eternal Brilliance Unveiled: The Mystique of Panchaloha Bronze and Artful Maintenance Rituals

 

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.


Sculpting Dreams in Metal: The Enigmatic Alchemy of Panchaloha Bronze Masterpieces

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.
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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. 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.
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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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