Dashanana, or the Ten Headed Demon King of Lanka

Item Code: ZJ81
Brass Lost Wax Sculpture
Height: 16.5 inch
Width: 12 inch
Depth: 7 inch
Weight: 5 kg
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This robust ten headed statue in brass cast by lost wax technique represents Ravana, the one time demon ruler of Lanka and one of the most widely known figures of Indian legends. In Rama-katha he was Lord Rama's proto rival engineering enmity with Rama by deceitfully abducting his wife Sita. Hence, he is known as much and as popularly for bad as Lord Rama is known for good. The legendary tradition visualises in him the apex of evil as it sees in Rama the apex of good. Ravana has been conceived in scriptural tradition with ten heads and twenty arms.He was hence also called Dashanana meaning the one who had 'Dasha', that is 'ten', 'anana' or heads. Multi-headed and multi-armed figures, both divine and demonous, are a common phenomenon in Indian mythological tradition. This often symbolised their multi-faceted personality and role both for good and evil.

Ravana too had such a multifarious personality. He was not only possessed of invincible might, many celestial weapons, divine power of entering into any form at will and traverse any space on earth, in sky or into ocean, had time and death under his yoke and Lanka, his capital, all consisting of gold but was also highly learned, well adept in Vedas and scriptures and was a great ritualist and exceptional devotee of Lord Shiva. He is said to have performed a ten thousand year long rigorous penance at the end of which he was blessed by Lord Brahma with immortality. He has to his credit over a dozen of texts of which Arkaprakasha, Kumaratantra, Indrajala, Prakrata Kamadenu, Prakrata Lankeshvara, Rigveda Bhashya, Ravanabheta etc. are some of the best known. His Shiva-Shtrota is yet the most popular hymn ever sung in praise of Lord Shiva. His ten heads thus stood for this multiplicity of his genius.

However, a kind of unsteadiness governed his frame of mind and led by evil he acted against his sagely descent, as he was in the line of the great sage Pulatsya, great past pregnant with innormous penance and against his own being and interests. His wife Mandodari, a wiser woman, attempted at bringing him to the right path but he heared her not. In his conflict with Rama he lost his entire clan, all his subjects, his own life and his Lanka of gold. The folk tradition, hence, often appends over his ten heads the eleventh head of a donkey to symbolise that despite his great valour, might and genius it was a donkey's mind, the most foolish ever conceived, that led all of Ravana's acts.

This statue, cast with fine features in the tradition of South Indian Chola bronzes, follows, however, the Valmiki Ramayana's account of Ravana. Valmiki described him primarily as single headed and with normal two arms but possessed of the divine power of having ten heads and twenty arms at will. Here the artist has attributed to the figure ten heads but just two normal arms. Divine icons in Indian iconography usually have sleek feminine body build. Exactly similar to it the artist has imparted to bangles covered arms of Ravana the same feminine touch. The long and well trimmed arms of Ravana holds in them, however, a large sword and a commanding posture characteristic to his personality. His spiral conical crowns over all his heads add further length to his typical South Indian long faces. The 'tripunda' mark on his forehead denotes his Shaivite links and his robust moustaches his manliness. As per Valmiki's depiction of him, the artist has covered Ravana's entire person in ornaments and garments of gold. The smaller statue on his left belongs to his eldest son and his great supporter Indrajeet.

This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books.

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.


  • The best and simplest way to maintain a brass statue is to clean it at least twice a week using a soft cloth or cotton rag. This will prevent dust from accumulating on the surface. Dusting is especially important for outdoor statues since it is prone to dust accumulation much more than indoors.



  • To give a natural shine and luster to the statue, you may apply coconut or olive oil using cotton on every portion. You can use a toothbrush to get to the small crevices but do not be too harsh. This will make the brass statue appear fresh and new with a polished look.

  • 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q. Is the statue hollow or solid ?
    A. Brass statues are made through a process of clay casting, hence are hollow. Whereas, panchaloha bronze statues are made through a process of lost wax casting, hence they are solid.
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  • Q. Can you customise the statue for me ?
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