Between Gautama and Maitreya, the Buddhas of the bhoota (past) and the bhavishya (future), respectively, stands the gentle Avalokiteshvara. He directs a sattvika gaze (‘avalokita’) upon ihaloka, the mortal realm of existence, which in some iconographies causes His head to burst into a sahasrara (thousand) form.
A tender aesthetic defines the Avalokiteshvara iconography. The murti that you see on this page is of a four-armed deity in poorna-padmasana, the eyes shut as if in the deepest samadhi (yogic contemplation). His silken dhoti spreads about in hyper-realistic folds beneath His folded limbs, a skilful achievement in terms of the pure brass medium; and a world of sashes and angavastram float about His long, slender torso.
The colour palette comprises a molten gold colour, superimposed with a deep, coppery brown and punctuated with hints of silver. With the five-spired crown on His head and the rosary in one of His four hands, this Avalokiteshvara murti cuts a very solemn picture. As such, it would be a fine addition to the home of any serious, modern-day devotee.
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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