Divine Motherhood: Large Standing Parvati with Baby Ganesha and Kartikeya | Madhuchista Vidhana (Lost-Wax) | Panchaloha Bronze from Swamimalai

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Parvati, the great-goddess, Mahadevi, wife of Mahadeva Shiva and mother of Kartikeya and Ganesh, is the raw and unfathomable form of Shakti- female energy in every aspect. When she battles the demons, she is the mighty Mahakali, as Shiva’s wife she is Uma, and as the mother of her children, she is Jagadamba- the mother of the Universe. The eternal divine stream of her maternal affection for her children has been a favourite theme for artists and sculptors. One such sculpture, based on the early Chola artistic traditions is brought to you by us, showing the mother Parvati, enjoying maternal bliss accompanied by Skanda and Ganesh. 

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Item Code: ZER030
Specifications:
Bronze
Dimensions 40.00 inch Height X 14.00 inch Width X 13.00 inch Depth
Weight: 52.25 kg
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Appearing like a moment captured in metal, this Swamimalai bronze represents Parvati with Kartikeya placed on her hip and baby Ganesh reaching her knees, all three probably taking a stroll on Mount Kailasha, their abode. The image is placed on a padmapeetha (lotus platform) with a square base and an inverted lotus on top of it. The centre of attraction is of course Maa Parvati, a beautiful woman adorned with the best of physical and ornamental attributes. Her long hair is secured in a high raising Jatamukut- Jata (tresses) and Mukut (crown), literally the crown made of her tresses, tied with jeweled strings attached to an ornate piece in the middle. The elaborate hairdo is held in place by a circular Shirachakra. Devi’s hair pleasingly forms coils that highlight her beautiful forehead, and also fall on her back. In her elongated ears, Parvati has Makar-kundala, a symbol of beauty and auspiciousness. Her neck is adorned with a necklace with five strings, similar to the traditional Panchavali, five-stringed pearl necklace. The smoothness of her shoulders is highlighted by the flowing strings of Devi’s Skandamala. A Yajnopavita, signifying Parvati’s sacred status is seen with a knot near her left shoulder, falling between her breasts and splitting into two strands on her belly. Her breasts are rounded, swelling with the nurturing nectar for her children. On her arms are three different kinds of armbands- one encrusted with jewels shaped like a flower and the other two, fine strings with tiny jewels. Parvati wears a fine dhoti, its fragments falling parallel to her legs, clasped by a bejewelled mekhala (girdle), depicted by minute carvings on the idol. Her left foot is placed stably on the platform, while the right foot is slightly raised, bringing a sense of movement in the sculpture, both feet adorned by beautiful anklets.

Bala Ganesh and Kartikeya look exceedingly dotting wearing short dhotis and ornaments such as crowns, armlets, necklaces, udarbandh (belly belt), and anklets, holding interesting looking toys in their baby hands. Parvati carries an inward smile, entertained by the innocence of her children, both of who look up to her- the mother who is their entire world. Kartikeya gazes at his mother adoringly while Ganesh looking delightful beyond words with his protruding belly, sweetly raises his tiny hand to get a hold of his mother’s supporting finger. The entire bronze image is a picture of maternal bliss, sought after by every woman who worshipped the great goddess for the boons of progeny and their protection.

Looking at the content and peaceful visage of Maa Parvati, one might not be able to remember her threats of destroying the Universe when Shiva cut off the head of Ganesh or the way in which she takes Skanda after he was nurtured by the Sapta-Matrakas (seven mother goddesses) and looks after him as her own child, earning the epithet of Skandamata (the mother of Skanda and one of the forms of the great goddess worshipped during the Hindu festival Navaratri). Parvati is the embodiment of the strength that comes from being a mother. She cherishes her children with all her heart and when they are threatened, their mother’s rage knows no bounds. This fierce maternal instinct is expressively depicted in this supremely sophisticated Swamimalai bronze of Parvati with Ganesh and Kartikeya, an aide-mémoire to the divinity that Hinduism sees in motherhood. 

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.


How are Bronze statues made?

Bronze statues and sculptures are known for their exquisite beauty and the divinity that they emit all around the space. Bronze is considered an excellent metal alloy, composed primarily of copper and tin. Many properties make it suitable for sculpting even the most intricate and complex structures. There was a period in history, known as the "Bronze Age", in which most sculptors preferred to work with Bronze as it was considered the hardest metal. Bronze is especially appreciated for its durability, ductility, and corrosion-resistance properties. India is especially known for its elegant workmanship of skills working with Bronze. The artisans of a town named Swamimalai in South India have been following a tradition of bronze murti making for ages. They use a special material known as Panchaloha bronze to make fascinating icons of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

All of us are allured by the beauty of bronze statues and sculptures but there goes a tough hand in casting those masterpieces with little or no imperfections. Since it is an extremely elaborate process, a sculptor needs to be highly skilled in making bronze antiques. The most common technique for casting bronze sculptures that has been followed since ancient times is the “Lost-wax” process which involves many steps:

1. Clay model making

The making of a bronze statue or sculpture starts with preparing a full-sized clay (usually Plasticine) model of the sculpture. This allows the artist to have an idea about the overall shape and form of the desired sculpture before working with bronze, a much more expensive and difficult-to-work-with material.
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2. Mould making

Once the clay model is ready, a mould of the original sculpture is made. This is done by carefully covering the clay model with plaster strips. This step is carried out in such a way that no air bubbles are formed. It takes up to 24 hours for the plaster to dry. Once dried, the plaster is then gently removed from the clay model. The removal happens easily because the inner mould is usually made of materials such as polyurethane rubber or silicone.

3. Wax filling and removal

In this step, molten bronze or wax is poured or filled into the mould in such a way that it gets even into the finest details. The mould is then turned upside down and left to cool and harden. When the wax has hardened, it is removed from the mould.
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4. Chasing

Chasing is the process in which the artist refines the surface of the bronze statue using various tools to achieve fine details. This smoothens the surface and gives the statue a finished look. If some parts of the statue were moulded separately, they are now heated and attached.
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5. Applying a patina

Bronze sculptures are known for their unique look or sheen on the surface. This may take several years to achieve naturally. Applying patina to bronze sculptures is an important step to make them appear attractive.
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Working with clay, plaster mould, and molten wax can be messy and therefore sculptors wear old clothes and remain careful. The entire process of making a bronze statue takes several months to complete. Bronze sculptures last for many centuries because of the high durability of the material. Many centuries down the line, these sculptures continue to be appreciated for their majestic beauty.
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