Deepalakshmi, Lakshmideepa, Kamakshi (one with lovely eyes), Amman (mother), or
Pavai Vikkau (lady lamp), these terms are used to denote magnificent South
Indian lady figures in sculpture, holding a large oil plate in their hands,
serving as stunning oil lamps in the sanctum sanctorum of a shrine. The prefix
“Lakshmi” attached to Deepa (lamp) is a generic Indian term for youthful maidens or
women of the household, who are believed to embody auspiciousness and
fertility, aspects related to the goddess Lakshmi. Placed in proximity to the
central deity, Deepalakshmi lamps are votives, donated by affluent devotees
after the fulfillment of their wishes. Standing eternally in the court of their
lord, a Deepalakshmi represents the woman of the household and her unbounded
gratefulness toward the god for their benevolence toward her family.
tradition of bronze Pavai Vikkau or Deepalakshmi goes back to the time of the
3rd century B.C. ancient Tamil epic Shilapadikaram (the Jeweled Anklet), which
describes life-size metal lady lamps decorating the streets during a temple
festival. Sculptures of Deepalakshmi can also be seen in the temple pillars of
famous South Indian shrines such as the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu, as
signs of a flaming, immovable, and divine devotion. Exotic India Art has for
you, the timeless devotional lamps- Pavai Vikkau or Deepalakshmi in pristine
Panchaloha bronze, from the home of devotees and artists- Swamimalai.
pair of Deepalakshmi stands on an independent upturned lotus platform in the
elegant “Abhanga” posture. The facial features of the Deepalakshmi pair are
stunningly revealed- wide eyes, a sharp but large nose, and full lips that have
a hint of a smile on them. The Deepalakshmi have their hair held in a bun which
is adorned with various traditional hair ornaments that hold their flowing tresses
in place while leaving a few curls on their forehead. Their flawless youth is
beautified by Kundala (earrings), Mangal Malai (necklace with paisley motif),
Haaram (long necklace), Vanki (armband), Mekhla (girdle), and Nupur (anklet)-
all traditional South Indian ornaments. A fine dhoti (lower body garment) with
tiny jeweled edgings snuggles the lithesome legs of the Deepalakshmi bronzes,
with its tassels making symmetrical curls on the sides and antariya (pleats on
the front) falling admirably. Finer details of the ornaments and delineation of
these Panchaloha Pavai Vikkau can be observed on the reverse- braids of hair
meandering down their body, fringes of jewelry clinging to the torso, and
refined musculature on the dhoti.
hands raised to their chest, the Panchaloha Deepalakshmi hold a wide bronze
plate in which oil and cotton strands are placed to burn the ritual lamp or
Deepa. The parrot that sits on the shoulder of the Deepalakshmi is an attribute
related to the young heroines of ancient texts and features in different Indian
art forms as the inseparable companions of the ladies, who they amuse with the
romantic messages from their admirers.
the divine experience these bronze Deepalakshmi can instill in the space, with
ritual fire dynamically burning and throwing brilliant light at their forms,
they are an ancient Indian masterpiece. Devotion and beauty arrested in pure
bronze will transform your space into the interiors of a heavenly temple.
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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