A statement standing Ardhanrishvara murti, housed within a close-carved Kirtimukham aureole. Made from brass and infused with a world of detail, this work of art is a fine example of iconographical perfection and an aesthetic collectible. With the faces turned outwards stand the simha (lion) on Parvati’s side and Nandi, the bull, on Shiva’s.
These are not the only pashu (animals) prevalent in this Ardhanarishvara composition. A sahs of entwined snakes’ bodies descends from the hip of Shiva. One raises its hood right next to His face, balanced on the wide-set shoulder. In the posterior hand of Parvati are the coils of another. From the serrations on these snakes’ bodies to the spots on Shiva’s tigerskin loincloth, the sculptor allows no scope for detail to remain unexploited.
The composite aspects aside, the overall aesthetic is one of balance and beauty, which has to do with more than the concept of purusha-prakrti-sammelana. For example, Shiva’s shoulder and Parvati’s hip jutting laterally outwards. The hand of Parvati and the sash of snakes. The musculature of Shiva’s naked foreleg and the voluminous hems of Parvati.
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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