Apsaras- who are the residents of Swarga, the home of Lord Indra, have been a source of sweetness and allure for the heart of the artist from ancient times. Be it the literature of the early times or the temples of ancient India, the beauty and delicate charm of Apsaras have been celebrated in the art of India fo centuries. Following this tradition, the large wooden sculpture here is an ode of the craftsman to the beauty of Apsaras, who are infinite in their grace and eternally residing in the imagination of the artist.
Apsara playing the Dafali or daphali is carved in a rounded manner, surrounded
by a floral aureole whose centerpiece is a blossoming lotus or Padma, the
symbol of eternal beauty and purity. The Apsara has her hair tied in an
elaborate updo, adorned with chains of jewels and a tiara. A few curls of her
hair frame her forehead pleasingly on which is a small Bindi (dot). Arched
eyebrows, large eyes, and fuller lips bring an exquisite youthfulness to the
wooden Apsara idol. Intricately carved ornaments such as necklaces, armbands,
breast ornaments, bangles, girdles, and anklets are employed in the
beautification of the celestial maiden. Her left-hand holds the dafali as her
right-hand beats it, while her body strikes the most beauteous posture, with
her legs bent in the position of dancing and her head tilted leisurely.
How to care for Wood Statues?
Wood is extensively used in sculpting especially in countries like China, Germany, and Japan. One feature that makes the wood extremely suitable for making statues and sculptures is that it is light and can take very fine detail. It is easier for artists to work with wood than with other materials such as metal or stone. Both hardwoods, as well as softwood, are used for making sculptures. Wood is mainly used for indoor sculptures because it is not as durable as stone. Changes in weather cause wooden sculptures to split or be attacked by insects or fungus. The principal woods for making sculptures and statues are cedar, pine, walnut, oak, and mahogany. The most common technique that sculptors use to make sculptures out of wood is carving with a chisel and a mallet. Since wooden statues are prone to damage, fire, and rot, they require proper care and maintenance.
It is extremely important to preserve and protect wooden sculptures with proper care. A little carelessness and negligence can lead to their decay, resulting in losing all their beauty and strength. Therefore, a regular clean-up of the sculptures is a must to prolong their age and to maintain their shine and luster.
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