Tandava (Shiva’s dance) and Laasya
(the dance of Parvati) are the most
vibrant and highly reproduced themes in art when it comes to describing the
proximity of the divine couple, Shiva and Shakti. The sophisticated and
powerful movements of Shiva and Parvati are considered the source of all
creation (through Laasya) and destruction (through Tandava). However, sometimes
the motivation behind the harmonious dance of Shiva-Parvati is something apart
from origination and annihilation.
movements captured in this brilliant brass with inlay icon carry us to the
pages of the 13th-century treatise on dance- Nritta Ratnavali. It mentions
Natesh (God of Dance) Shiva teaching Laasya to Parvati. Enthralled by the
possibility of being close to Parvati through dance, Shiva asks her to copy his
moves. This heavenly togetherness of Shiva-Shakti is revealed here. Poised and
graceful, both are completely engrossed in dancing. Parvati, the active female
aspect inspires and empowers Shiva to play his damru (drum) whose
beats flow through Srishti (creation) whose personification is- Parvati. The
slender and glistening limbs of Shiva and Parvati are adorned with beautiful
inlay pieces, turning them into divine kaleidoscopes. Turquoise, blue, and red
inlay pieces in round and teardrop shapes cover the entirety of the brass
Shiva-Parvati statues, providing them with attires befitting for their divine
Lila (play). Creepers spring out of the upturned lotus-shaped platform,
signaling the germination of life when Purush (Shiva) and Prakriti (Parvati)
come together. The style of modeling, jewelry, hairstyle of the subjects, and
their meditative expressions suggest that these brass idols are inspired by the
sculptural traditions of Nepal, where Shaivism, centered on the reverence of
Shiva and Parvati as the manifestation of the supreme consciousness is one of
the oldest religious traditions.
The Nritta Ratnavali
describes this divine dance as an esoteric conversation between Shiva and
Parvati, to remain hidden even from their children. Ganesha, the adored younger
child is sometimes said to attempt and mimic the moves of his mother, providing
parental bliss to Shiva and Parvati with this innocent endeavor. Oh, how
similar we are, the children of Shiva and Shakti, looking at the activities of
the universe in awe, at the rise and fall of life, whose tangible form is this
dancing Shiva-Parvati statue!
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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