Perumal is how Lord Vishnu is visualised and worshipped in South India. In the sculpture that you see on this page, He stands amidst His wives, the gorgeous Sri Devi and Bhu Devi. They are both the spiritual vectors of Lakshmi: the first stands for harmony, while the second symbolises fecundity. Lord Perumal Himself is the presiding deity over preservation of existence.
The work comprises three discrete figurines standing on the pistils of upturned lotus-shaped pedestals. Perumal is chaturbhujadhari (four-armed), while His wives are dvibhujadhari (two-armed). They are poised on an elongated plinth engraved with lotus petals. Miniature cylindrical pillars on either side. A curvaceous, perfectly symmetrical aureole from which project densely packed leaves.
From the iconography to the aesthetics, this composition is a fine example of South Indian workmanship. The medium of panchaloha, a blend of five iron-based alloys, is the primary giveaway. The colour of earthen gold is characteristic of such a unique medium. Somehow it captures the gravity and the divinity of the three deities.
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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