the land of the Yavanas – what Greece was called during ancient India’s history
– we have an exquisite pair of Paavai Vilakku or Deepa Lakshmi. Literally known
as the ‘damsel with the lamp’ or the ‘lamp held by the woman in her hands,’
these were votive oil lamps that were majorly found in the service of the
Pandya kings and their palaces – and slowly, into the households of the public.
Symbolising peace, prosperity, and auspiciousness, these ornately bejewelled
ladies in a traditional attire were modelled on the appearance of royal ladies;
however, as they became popular, there emerged variations: for example, the
Paavai lamps in service of the Shaivite sect depicted the goddess Meenakshi
with a parrot on her right shoulder, whereas in the Vaishnavite sect, the
Paavai lamps depicted Andal with a parrot on her left shoulder. An exquisite
and aesthetic work of art that is functional as well as religiously symbolic!
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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