This is a brass statue of Nataraja, depiction of the Hindu god Shiva, as a cosmic dancer. Nataraja means, the lord of the dance. It is the only form of Shiva worshipped as a human figure. This dance style is known as Tandava. It is the dance of destruction, aggression, creation, solace and liberation from the evil aspects.
Nataraja is depicted having two legs and four arms in the posture of dancing. Right hand is in Abhaya Mudra, blessing for fearlessness and left hand is just below the right hand pointing downwards to the right foot, symbolizing that, one who takes refuge at Lord’s feet, shall have nothing to fear about. Other two back hands have fire and drum (damru) respectively. Drum signifies the sound that is responsible for further creations and fire represents the process of destruction of the world at the time of cessation. The venomous snake coiled on his right arm and neck indicates the death of evil. His legs are slightly bent, where left leg is raised from the ground in a dancing posture and right leg is placed on the demon, Apasmara Purusa who signifies ignorance. His hair is spread out in individual strands on both sides marking for vigorous power. The Crescent Moon on the left represents the change of universal time and a conch is also present in the right side of the hair. He is wearing a Tiger skinned apparel, representing victory over his desires. He has three eyes representing past, present and future. The third eye shows knowledge and truth. The elegant smile on the face is showing his calmness and focused energy.
Nataraja is dancing in an exquisite two layered circular ring with a circular chain of small drop like pellets in between. The ring is surrounded by bright cosmic flames. This wondrous circular ring is called Prabha Mandala, emitting universal flames that can create and consume everything. This sculpture is placed on an inverted lotus, which is kept on a beautiful three layered plus shaped pedestal. This heavenly frame around the statue of Nataraja is making it more statuesque.
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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