The sound of His music emanates through the settlement of Vrindavan. Pristine cows and fair milkmaids alike are irresistibly drawn to the divine muralidhara. The Krishna murti that you see on this page depicts this aspect of the divine, in the unmistakable tribhanga stance.
It is a monotone wood sculpture. The colour is a rich, dark, earthy brown that comes from the organic medium. The standing Krishna figure has been mounted on a flat wooden panel, at the base of which juts out a lotus petal plinth. A sweet expression pervades the divine countenance.
The sheer proportion of detail makes this wooden Krishna murti a worthwhile buy. The endless vine-like sashes cascading from His hips. Each adornment on His limbs and ankles and torso. The luxuriance of vine that frames His gentle, crowned face. Finally, the series of lotus petals engraved all along the edges of the wooden panel.
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.
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