Guru Padmasambhava or
Rinpoche is the seminal venerable one in Himalayan Buddhist tradition, where a
connection with the Guru or teacher is crucial in the attainment of salvation.
The gilded copper statue of Padmasambhava you see here is draped in a splendid
multi-toned robe, ornaments, and a distinctive Tibetan cap and holds a skull
cup, staff, and Vajra. The thinly defined facial hair of Padmasambhava is
representative of the physical features of the people of Nepal valley. Beautiful
ethnic patterns and Buddhist motifs cover the entirety of the gilded statue,
giving it an aesthetic quality.
Nepalese Copper sculptures – Their Care and maintenance
Nepalese sculptures are well-known throughout the globe for their distinctive features. The artists of Nepal specialize in making small religious figures, especially Buddhist and Hindu, and ritual objects in copper or bronze alloy. The characteristic features of sculptures of Nepal are elongated and languid eyes, exaggerated physical postures, round facial features, and sensuous youthful bodies. All these features exhibit a high level of skill and exquisite beauty that draw their influence from the artistic style of the Gupta and Pala Empires from ancient India. Nepali sculptures are especially appreciated for perfectly portraying the spiritual cultures of Buddhism and Hinduism.
Maintenance of copper statues
The ancient artists of Nepal preferred to use copper more than any other material due to its amazing properties. It is a soft and malleable metal that makes it suitable for molding into any desired shape or form. A sculpture requires a structure with realistic intricate details and copper is an appropriate material for this purpose. Although copper sculptures do not need much care and maintenance, you should not question the need of cleaning them carefully.
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