In fact, it is not only chaturbhujadhari aspect of Her that likens Her to the typical Hindu devi iconography. Behind the ferociously unconventional exterior is remarkable beauty of form and a maternal demeanour. The most striking aspect of Her chhavi (image) in this sculpture is Her great mass of hair. A luxuriant mass that cascades all the way down Her back, so thick that it clothes Her nakedness. Zoom in on the picture of the back of this murti in order to appreciate the lifelike detail with which this part of Her divine anatomy has been executed.
Entwined with the fresh flowers and gold necklaces layered over Her torso is a garland of severed heads. It reaches all the way down to Her knees and is one of the signature elements of the Mother Kali iconography. Her feet press down upon the supine body of Lord Shiva, in whose divine association She wields a trishoola (trident) in Her right anterior hand. The engraving on the pedestal, right below the rudimentary Kirtimukham, translates to ‘victory to Mother Kali’, interspersed with syllable aum before Her name.
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.
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.
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