The South has a thing for bronze. Having first been patronised by the Pallavas, it is the art-loving rulers of the Chola dynasty who actually made it flourish. The heritage survives to this day, of which this handpicked sculpture is a fine example. Upon a base of flattened out lotus petals is a minimalistic latticeworked panel in the shape of a series of lotus petals. Atop the same lie thick snakeskin coils, sculpted with realistic, almost dynamic, detail. On the edge is the weapon of Lord Vishnu, which He gently but firmly holds on to even amidst His cosmic slumber; in His remaining hands are the signature shankha (conch) and chakra (discoid) and padma (lotus).
The most striking aspect of this murti is the precision and attention to aesthetics with which each aspect has been finished. From the scales on the underside of Sheshanaga’s body to the features of Lord Vishnu and the musculature of His body, as well as the iconographies of the Devis despite the scale.
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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