The task of creating a dwelling suitable for the occupants of heaven fell to the artist when the construction of early Indian temples got underway. Indian sculptors were struck by the beauty of Indra's Swarga and immediately saw Apsaras as the most beautiful object in heaven. Apsaras are among the most captivating mythological beings in Hinduism and the most appealing presence within the walls of ancient Indian temples. This wooden figure, which was inspired by the countless Apsaras sculptures, features one such lady who is playing the drums and enchanting everyone with her unmatched elegance.
Apsara playing the drums 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 hands delicately handle the drum, which is supported by
her thighs as she strikes a dynamic posture.
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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