Lord Mahaveera was the 24th and last of the Jain teerthankaras. Like the Buddha, He renounced a life of earthly fulfillment and turned to asceticism while still in His youth. Such is the sanskara of these realised yogis that once that happened there was no turning back. In fact, He is said to have attained kevalagyaan (omniscience), shortly followed by moksha (liberation from both life and death).
The stately bronze that you see on this page depicts Mahaveera standing on an expertly yet unassumingly carved plinth. The style is a lot like the Mathura school of sculpture, but for the medium. The pancaloha medium is a variety of bronze mixed from five (‘panca’) different kinds of iron-based (‘loha’ means iron) alloys. The superb, high-precision finish comes from the madhuchista vidhana process of working with such a complex medium (also referred to as the lost-wax method in contemporary circles).
A long, slithering, thick-bodied snake raises its multitudinous hoods above the Lord’s head. Its stance is one of fierce protection. When you look at a picture of the back of the standing sculpture, the artisan’s attention to detail comes to light: there is perfect symmetry and dynamism of musculature in the snake’s body as, like the kundalini, it traverses the length of Mahaveera’s body.
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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