bronze statues and bronze works are representative of the richness of the
cultural tradition of the civilization since the time of the emergence of the
first villages on the banks of Indus and then the pious river Ganga. Through
the course of time, separate regions came up with their distinctive methods of
bronze making, which they employed in reproducing the religious beliefs
prevalent across the country. Among the different bronze-making practices of
the ethnically diverse nation, Tikamgarh’s Dhokra bronze works due to the
rawness displayed in the making of the statues and the familiarity of themes
they represent, are appreciated by the admirers of art and culture.
Here we have
a highly expressive Tikamgarh bronze icon of Mahishasur Mardini- goddess Durga
as the slayer of the buffalo demon. The story of the great goddess’ emergence
and her battle with the evil forces of Mahishasur to salvage the gods is a
well-known theme in Hinduism. This Dhokra art goddess Durga icon shows the Devi
as an eight-armed warrior female- vigor dripping from her battle-ready demeanor
and her Alidha posture, a characteristically valiant posture. In comparison to
the bronzes of South India that display elegance in the way the gods and
goddesses hold their weapons, this icon of Mahishasur Mardini shows her fingers
wrapped tightly around her arms, the attribute of a true warrior who treats her
weaponry as an extension of herself, always attached to herself. The headless
figure of the buffalo, the playfulness with which Devi’s lion crouches near it,
and the slain human form of Mahishasur under the imposing image of Maa Durga
bring divine energy to this bronze icon. Devi stands on a relatively simpler
oval-shaped platform that brings the various elements of the bronze sculpture together
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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