A beauteous Khajuraho nymph looks into a handheld mirror. Pleased by what she sees, the corners of her petal-like mouth curl into a distinct expression of joy. Its delicate, papery texture complements her aquiline nose and the handsome brow upon her temple. An irresistibly lovely face framed by a perfectly round halo and karnakundalas of the same shape.
The apsara is, of course, full-figured as is the norm with the nymphs of Khajuraho. On the plinth she stands in a way that accentuates the finesse of her form and plenitude of her proportions. She is wearing very little - a minimalistic bustier around her breasts as they protrude firmly from her chest, and a narrow girdle that barely conceals her woman’s mound - but a luxuriant network of vine and natural adornment seemingly envelopes the whole form.
The plinth she stands on is made in keeping with those found in traditional Indian visual arts. It is angular and narrow. The front is engraved with uniform strokes of hammer-and-chisel on wood, and at its midline is a simplistic four-petalled form.
How to care for Wood Statues?
Wood is extensively used in sculpting especially in countries like China, Germany, and Japan. One feature that makes the wood extremely suitable for making statues and sculptures is that it is light and can take very fine detail. It is easier for artists to work with wood than with other materials such as metal or stone. Both hardwoods, as well as softwood, are used for making sculptures. Wood is mainly used for indoor sculptures because it is not as durable as stone. Changes in weather cause wooden sculptures to split or be attacked by insects or fungus. The principal woods for making sculptures and statues are cedar, pine, walnut, oak, and mahogany. The most common technique that sculptors use to make sculptures out of wood is carving with a chisel and a mallet. Since wooden statues are prone to damage, fire, and rot, they require proper care and maintenance.
It is extremely important to preserve and protect wooden sculptures with proper care. A little carelessness and negligence can lead to their decay, resulting in losing all their beauty and strength. Therefore, a regular clean-up of the sculptures is a must to prolong their age and to maintain their shine and luster.
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