Radha-Krishna in the Hindu pantheon is representative of a timeless togetherness of the male
and female elements- of the divine Parmatman (Krishna), and of the human soul
(Radha). Together, they perform a diversity of celestial plays- Lilas, filled
with the sweetness of their pure love (Prema). In the Indian iconographic
tradition, the simplest expression of their affection and inseparableness is in
the icons where Krishna stands in his distinctive Tribhanga (triple bent)
posture, fluting blissfully, while his beloved Radha stands in an equally
graceful posture. These Radha-Krishna icons are a sought-after presence in the
house of devout Vaishnava, who seeks to immerse themselves in the eternal Prema
of Radha-Krishna. Here we have a striking brass Radha-Krishna statue, sculpted
from pure brass in the creatively rich idiom of Hoysala art.
The celestial pair is posited on two exquisitely made brass
inverted lotuses whose symmetrical leaves create a fitting pedestal for the
beauty of Radha-Krishna. Krishna is visualized as a well-built and charming
youth, adorned with a unique tilting hairdo secured by a Mayura-mukut (crown
with peacock feather). Using measured etchings on the brass surface, the
sculptor has created fine ornamentation for Sri Krishna, whose tassels
lyrically flow around his physique, highlighting the grace that is embodied by
him. Krishna's limbs are fully-developed, his face rounded and beautified by a
Vaishnava U-shaped tilaka, lovely eyes, and pleasantly smiling lips. With his
face looking upward dreamily, he plays his Murli (flute) whose nectar-filled
tunes enthrall the lovely Sri Radha who stands nearby.
In keeping with the rules of ancient Hindu iconographical
treatise, Sri Radha’s statue reaches the shoulder of Krishna in height, with
her high raising Juda (bun) adorned with hair ornaments adding to her height
and splendor. Floral fringes of her gold crown fall on her shapely shoulders,
their tenderness matched only by the lithesome limbs of Radha. The rare and
graceful posture of Sri Radha complements the iconographically conventional
pose of her beloved with its newness. Radha is dressed in traditionally
fashioned jewelry and a richly decorated dhoti similar to that of Krishna. Her
left hand dangles on her side in the Lolahasta mudra, a gesture shared by the
icons of female deities in South Indian sculptures. Radha’s right hand reaches
her chin coyly, in a manner used to present a continuously delighted beholding
of the beloved in art. Just as Krishna ceaselessly bewitches Radha, this
divinely radiant brass Radha-Krishna statue will enchant every eye that gets to
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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