Copper, as a medium of sculpture, is a quintessentially Nepalese-Buddhist thing. It is a finer medium in comparison to brass, which explains why it often comes with gilding and superior paintwork. The seated Buddha murti that you see on this page is a fine example of copper.
Handpicked for its particular finesse, such a murti would be a tasteful addition to your home or office space. The silhouette of the Buddha’s form betrays a superior aesthetic. Colloidal blue curls give the predominantly monotone composition a colour-block. A perfectly serene brow.
The most striking aspect of this copper seated Buddha, however, is the riot of lotus petals beneath Him. The sheer profusion of petals of the sacred flower are symbolic of the sahasrara, the most superior, chakra (nerve plexus) of the human anatomy.
Nepalese Copper sculptures – Their Care and maintenance
Nepalese sculptures are well-known throughout the globe for their distinctive features. The artists of Nepal specialize in making small religious figures, especially Buddhist and Hindu, and ritual objects in copper or bronze alloy. The characteristic features of sculptures of Nepal are elongated and languid eyes, exaggerated physical postures, round facial features, and sensuous youthful bodies. All these features exhibit a high level of skill and exquisite beauty that draw their influence from the artistic style of the Gupta and Pala Empires from ancient India. Nepali sculptures are especially appreciated for perfectly portraying the spiritual cultures of Buddhism and Hinduism.
Maintenance of copper statues
The ancient artists of Nepal preferred to use copper more than any other material due to its amazing properties. It is a soft and malleable metal that makes it suitable for molding into any desired shape or form. A sculpture requires a structure with realistic intricate details and copper is an appropriate material for this purpose. Although copper sculptures do not need much care and maintenance, you should not question the need of cleaning them carefully.
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