The Ardhanarishvara image is unique to ancient Indian culture. In Sanskrt, ‘ardha’ means half; and ‘nari’, woman. The deity Ardhanarishvara is the half-woman roopa of Ishvara (the Indian concept of god). Usually portrayed as the fusion of Devi Parvati with Her Lord Shiva, it is a powerful image of the indispensability of either purusha (the energy/masculine principle) or prakrti (the matter/feminine principle). The Ardharishvara is a composite deity and a self-sufficient unit.
The brass Ardhanarishvara that you see on this page comes with a stoney, etched-in finish. The colour is a deep, polished brown, punctuated with the pale etchings of the garments, the shringar, and the crown. The arms of the deity make as if strumming on a musical instrument. Note how the Lord Shiva is chaturbhujadhari, while the Devi Parvati is dvibhujadhari. In sharp contrast to each other are His flaying jata and Her gathered locks; His broad, muscular torso and Her soft, curvaceous one; His ascetic’s loincloth and Her silken dhoti covering the entirety of Her long legs.
The crown on Ardhanrishvara’s head is a tall, slender, looming one, done up with dense engravings. Adding balance to the composition is the high, narrow pedestal with multiple tiers, alternately engraved with lotus petals.
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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