The earliest and one
of the most popular hymns in the praise of goddess Lakshmi, the Sri Suktam,
calls her “Hiranyavarna”- she who is the color (varna) of gold (hiranya), and
“Chandram Hiranyamayi”- she who shines like the moon (Chandra) haloed by golden
rays. The association of Sri Lakshmi with gold and golden luster goes beyond
the material connotations, into the realm of the metaphysical, where gold
represents divine and virtuous purity, whose glorious manifestation is this
brass Sri Lakshmi statue, gleaming like the goddess of the Rig Vedic Sri
The entire brass Lakshmi statue emanates an otherworldly
glow, giving the onlooker a rare spiritual experience of seeing Maa Lakshmi in
her full splendor. The goddess is seated on an upturned lotus platform-
“Padma-peetha”, in the Lalitaasana, literally the beautiful posture, used in
Indian art tradition to mark the royalty and refinement of the subject. A
lavish Kirtiamukuta crown with a circular halo adorns her luminous countenance
which is beautified by flawless features, a Tilak on her forehead, and a pair
of Makara kundala- earrings with Makara (composite crocodile lion) motif. A trivalli
or three-stringed necklace sits close to Devi Lakshmi’s shapely neck, matched
with a long Haara luxuriantly falling on her torso and an intricately designed
girdle wrapped around her diaphanous sari. Using delicate incised lines on the
brass Lakshmi statue, the sculptor has created a realistic effect of the folds
of the sari, especially on the frontal folds that are placed elegantly on the
platform. With her primary hands, the Chaturbhuj (four-armed) goddess Lakshmi
makes the gestures of giving boons (left) and fearlessness (right). Two freshly
bloomed lotuses are held by her in her secondary hands, symbols of purity and
origination of life. Sculpted in a rounded manner, this brass statue is an ode
to the liberating light of the sun that is Maa Lakshmi- lighting up the space
with her aesthetic form, and nurturing life through material and spiritual
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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