at a mischievous thought that passed her mind, this Panchaloha bronze Sundari(beautiful woman) looks at her reflection in the ovular mirror in her hand. Her
other hand, placed on her forehead, in the manner of applying vermillion is
placed rather dreamily, remarkably hinting at the state of the Sundari’s mind,
which is traveling in the thoughts of someone close to her heart. For him, she has put on the best of her ornaments and the most refined attire and
stands awaiting his arrival. Such icons of lovely women, getting decked
up applying vermillion, putting on an
ornament, and having a final look at their beauty that puts to shame the
loveliness of most delicate flowers, are popular in Indian aesthetic tradition
as symbols of auspiciousness, romance, and fecundity.
The roopa (form) of this bronze lady applying vermillion is
mesmerizingly divine. Her tresses are tied in a bun which is ornamented by
jeweled strings forming a flower-like shape at the reverse. On the obverse,
tiny symmetrical curls and an ornate Maangtika (head ornament) sit close to her
forehead, framing her moon-like face. An impeccable polish and sculpting are to
be seen on the torso of this Panchaloha bronze lady applying vermillion, which
is sparsely adorned to magnify the natural beauty of the subject, whose
Tribhanga (triple bent) posture adds to the aesthetic appeal of this exquisite
artwork. The lady wears a fine dhoti (lower body garment) that is fitted to her
lithesome form with an intricate Mekhala (girdle) made with multiple bejeweled
elements and strung tied together. The tassels of the bronze lady with mirror
ornamentation and attire adhere to her limbs at various places, highlighting
the grace she embodies. The icon stands on an inverted lotus pedestal, that is
placed on a square base decorated with lotus patterns. A manifestation of the supremacy of
femininity and Indian artistic traditions, this Panchaloha bronze lady will
spread in your space invigorating fascinating richness.
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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