This sculpture portrays the great God Shiva in a dynamic posture. The aim of the sculptor here is to highlight Lord Shiva as an ascetic wanderer, who never stays at one place. Towards this end, the artist has depicted His left leg with a mild thrust forward, placed on a higher level, denoting ascent. This signifies that always being on the move is essential for an ascetic’s (sannayasi’s) spiritual progress.
In his two legs Lord Shiva wears the typical wooden sandals used by ascetics till this day in India, with its knob gripped between the thumb and the adjacent finger, holding the sandals in place. Around His waist is an animal hide, tied over which is a horn and two bells. On His neck are malas made of Rudraksha and skulls. Lord Shiva is also wearing large circular rustic earrings (kundalas), as also typically ethnic open-ended anklets.
This statue abounds in the characteristic iconography of Lord Shiva. These include the trident (trishula), the tiger skin below His feet, serpent with raised hood around the neck, the right hand raised in the gesture of “fear not”, vertical third eye at the center of the Shaivite tilaka on His forehead, the matted hair with long locks falling across the shoulders, the crescent moon on the head (giving Shiva the epithet of Chandrashekhara) and also the torrent of the river Ganga falling down from His hair (giving Him the epithet of Gangdhara). Lord Shiva strides majestically atop a rocky mound, signifying the mountain of Kailasha, and justifying His title of ‘Kailasha-pati’.
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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