Sculpted here in a unique and stylish manner, the Dashavatras or the ten primordial incarnations of Lord Vishnu are placed in a circular on a black wooden stand of exquisite shape and strong built. The centre space is occupied by Lord Vishnu himself having a bell hung at the top. It is believed that Lord Vishnu incarnates on earth from time to time whenever required to eradicate evil and liberate the devotees from the composite cycle of births and deaths.
Total Weight: 2.5 kg Total Weight Of The Brass Statues: 1.2 kg Large Vishnu At Centre: 4.6 inch Height X 3 inch Length X 1.7 inch DepthAvg. Size Of Ten Dashavatara: 2.5 inch Height X 1.2 inch Length X 0.9 inch Depth
The most alluring feature of this statue is the way it is sculpted, keeping in mind even the minutest factors of adopting that perfect color combination of black and yellow-gold, gaps and shapes of the figures and the appropriate sizes with Lord Vishnu taking the lead by being formed in the largest size. All the figures are carved in extreme beauty, carrying their iconic attributes in perfection.
Starting from the top left side, the ten avatars are as follows: Kurma (half tortoise-half man)- during the time of Amrit Manthan, Kurma avatar supported the weight of the cosmos on his back; Lord Rama- one of the most prominent deities and a lead character of Ramayana who killed Ravana to establish morality; Vamana (dwarf Brahmin)- he comes to check the growing power of demon king Mahabali by tricking him and sending him to the underworld; Narasimha (half man-half lion)- he ended the reign of demon king Hiranya Kashyap and saved Prahlad to establish dharma on earth; Parshuram (sage with an axe in hand)- he ended the tyranny of evil Kshatriyas for the sake of justice and peaceful mankind.
Hayagriva (Horse headed)- he is the god of knowledge and wisdom, who in this incarnation killed the two demons Madhu and Kaitabha to return the stolen Vedas to Brahma; Varaha (half man-half boar)- he slayed the demon Hiranyakashyap to save Earth; Kalki- this avatar is yet to be born and will defeat the demon Kali (a personification of negativity) and start a new Satyuga; Lord Krishna- a major Hindu incarnation who ended the reign of Kansa; Matsya (half human-half fish)- he helps save all motile living beings, vedas and seeds of all plants to sustain life.
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.
Wood has been a preferred material for sculptures and statues
since ancient times. It is easy to work with than most metals and
stones and therefore requires less effort to shape it into any
desired shape or form. The texture of the wood gives an element of
realism to the sculpture. The selection of an appropriate wood
type is necessary for carving. Woods that are too resinous or
coniferous are not considered good for carving as their fiber is
very soft and thus lacks strength. On the other hand, wood such as
Mahogany, Oakwood, Walnut wood, Weet cherry wood, etc., are
preferred by sculptors because their fiber is harder.
A wood sculptor uses various tools such as a pointed chisel in one
hand and a mallet in another to bring the wood to the desired
measurement and to make intricate details on it. A carving knife
is used to cut and smooth the wood. Other tools such as the gouge,
V-tool, and coping saw also serve as important tools in wood
carving. Although the wood carving technique is not as complex and
tough as stone carving or metal sculpting, nonetheless, a wood
carver requires a high level of skills and expertise to create a
The process of wood carving begins with selecting a chunk of wood
that is required according to the type and shape of the statue to
be created by the sculptor. Both hardwoods and softwoods are used
for making artistic pieces, however, hardwoods are preferred more
than softer woods because of their durability and longevity. But
if heavy detailing is to be done on the statue, wood with fine
grain would be needed as it would be difficult to work with
Once the wood type is selected, the wood carver begins the
general shaping process using gouges of various sizes. A gouge
is a tool having a curved cutting edge which is useful in
removing large unwanted portions of wood easily without
splitting the wood. The sculptor always carves the wood across
the grain of the wood and not against it.
When a refined shape of the statue is obtained, it is time for
making details on the statue using different tools. This is
achieved by using tools such as a veiner to make and a V-tool to
create decorative and sharp cuts.
Once finer details have been added, the sculptor is ready to
smoothen the surface and give it a perfect finish. Tools such as
rasps and rifflers are used to get a smooth surface. The finer
polishing is obtained by rubbing the surface with sandpaper. If
a textured surface is required, this step is skipped. Finally,
to protect the statue from excessive dirt accumulation, the
sculptor applies natural oils such as walnut or linseed oil all
over it. This also brings a natural sheen to the statue.
Wood statues are lighter in weight and less expensive than metal
or stone pieces. Because wood is prone to fast decay by fungus and
algae, statues made out of this material are not preferred to be
kept outside. The rich tradition of wood carving in countries such
as Africa, Egypt, India, and Nepal has been followed for many
centuries. Indian craftsmen are specialized in this classic art
and continue to exhibit their extraordinary artistic skills.
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.
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