An imposing Nataraja like this would be a tasteful addition to the home of any devotee. From the stature (27” tall) to the metallic colour finish, there is none to match such a work of art. This peerless dancing figure has been handpicked from Swamimalai, the modern-day capital of South India’s traditional bronze sculpture. This murti, like most of the murtis in our exclusive bronze section, is actually made from panchaloha.
Panchaloha is a portmanteau of the words ‘pancha’, which means five, and ‘loha’, which means iron. It is a unique medium that comprises five different types of iron-based alloys and is responsible for the one-of-a-kind colour finish. It adds to the sublime personality of the Nataraja, the form of the all-annihilating Shiva that wields destruction through His tandava or cosmic dance. The finish achieved through madhuchista vidhana (scriptural term; commonly known as the lost-wax method) is proof of the artisan’s skill and devotion to the work.
The formidable iconography of Nataraja is intact in this composition. The strong legs of Shiva pressing down on the back of avidya-roopi Apasmara (the personification of ignorance), luscious locks flying about His face from the momentum of His tandava, and the ring of flames that frames His perfect form.
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