Bodhisattva Manjushri, also known as the Majushrikumarabhuta and Manjughosha, is the oldest and the most significant Bodhisattva of the Mahayana pantheon. He is the embodiment of prajna or transcendental wisdom, and He is mentioned across the Lotus Sootra, the Saptashatika Prajnapramita Sootra, and Vimalakirti Sootra. The sculpture of Him that you see on this page depicts the Bodhisattva in His traditional iconography.
The most inimitable aspect of Manjushri’s iconography is the sword He wields in His right hand. He raises it high above His head, as if to bring it down any moment now. The fingers of the left hand are gathered in the dharmachakra mudra afore His stately chest, streams of gold and jewels and sashes of silk cascading down its gracious length. From the crease of His left elbow emerges a mythical flower with petals of gold and rich pastel hues. From this flower to the garments of the seated Bodhisattva and the blade of his sword, these aspects of the composition are decorated with inlaid bits of resin. The colours are in eye-catching contrast to the pale, glimmering gold of the Bodhisattva’s skin.
Legs gathered in a superfine padmasana. A composure of countenance so sublime, it is indicative of the deepest recesses of contemplation. From the handsome features of that divine face to the karnakundalas and the five-spired crown that frames it, this sculpture is in keeping with the style of Nepalese handiwork found in Buddhist works of art.
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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