A bronze Karttikeya ensemble is a fine example of contemporary South Indian sculpture. It comprises three standing murtis: the Lord Karttikeya Himself is flanked by His wives, Devasena and Valli, each lovelier than the other. While Devasena is the daughter of the great Lord Indra and His wife, Shachi, Valli is the daughter of Sage Sivamuni. The three deities are standing on identical pedestals made of lotuses turned upside down on quadrilateral plinths.
Karttikeya is at the very centre in His chaturbhujadhari (the one possessed of four arms) form. His vahana (divine mount), the peacock, stands at an angle behind Him. From between the legs of the peacock emerges a snake. It raises its hood all the way to the breast of the peacock, turned in the same direction as the vahana. The symmetrically formed Devis look on with devotion for their Lord and compassion for those who turn to Him.
Made by the ancient lost-wax method (as old as the Agamas wherein it has been expounded under the name of madhuchista vidhana), this composition features remarkable attention to detail: from the plumage of the peacock to the pleats of the deities’ dhotis as well as the engravings on their tall crowns. In addition to this, the panchaloha medium (mix of five iron-based alloys) gives the composition a unique metallic shimmer.
24.00 inch Height X 10.50 inch Width X 8.50 inch Depth
Weight - 18.344
20 inch Height X 9 inch Width X 7.3 inch Depth
Weight - 10.200
20 inch Height X 7.3 inch Width X 7.3 inch Depth
Weight - 10.655
WHAT IS PANCHALOHA BRONZE AND HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT ?
Bronze is a metal alloy that has the primary composition of Copper and Tin. There is also an addition of other metals such as Manganese, Aluminium, Nickel, and some non-metals such as Phosphorus. This composition of several metals and non-metals makes Bronze an extremely durable and strong metal alloy. It is for this reason that Bronze is extensively used for casting sculptures and statues. Since Bronze has a low melting point, it usually tends to fill in the finest details of a mould and when it cools down, it shrinks a little that makes it easier to separate from the mould.
" If you happen to have a bronze statue, simply use a cotton cloth with some coconut oil or any other natural oil to clean the statue. "
A village named Swamimalai in South India is especially known for exceptionally well-crafted Bronze icons of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The skilled artisans of this place use Panchaloha Bronze for casting the icons. Panchaloha Bronze is made of five metals; Copper, Zinc, Lead, and small quantities of Gold and Silver. Zinc gives a golden hue to the finished figure and Lead makes the alloy softer for the easy application of a chisel and hammer. The common technique for producing these statues and sculptures is the “Lost-wax” method. Because of the high durability of bronze sculptures and statues, less maintenance is required, and can still last up to many decades.
Exotic India takes great pride in its collection of hand-picked Panchaloha Statues. You will find the murtis of Gods (Krishna, Hanuman, Narasimha, Ganesha, Nataraja, and Kartikeya) and Goddesses (Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga, and Parvati), and Buddha statues. You can also buy Ritual paraphernalia (Wicks lamp, Puja Kalash, Cymbals, and Puja Flag) on the website. All these statues and items have been made with a lot of care and attention, giving them a flawless finish. Their fine carving detail represents the rich tradition of India.
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