Incense is an integral part of Indian devotional life. The daily pooja ritual is steeped in a sensual experience - each of the jnanendriyas being a unique pathway for the world to penetrate us. There is the sound of the temple bell, beauteous icons of one’s ishtahead for the eyes to feast on, and finally prasadam. There is the touch of the ground and the agni (fire) to the temple. The scent of burning incense - usually camphor and the jacket of coconut - completes the experience.
The incense vessel that you see on this page is fashioned after the shape of a peacock. Its richly detailed plumage has been sculpted on and around the breast in lifelike detail. Zoom in on the miniscule, symmetrical serrations on its body and its slightly open wings. Note the way part of the plumage flourishes up above its back. A curvaceous extension from under its tail functions as a handle, along which are bored holes that would allow the incense to escape. Similar orifices are to be found along the long neck of the peacock, its back and beak, and the tips of its plumage.
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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