Possessed of the veena, the Devi Sarasvati is instantly recognisable. She is the presiding deity over learning and the fine arts; She is the very image of the Indian aesthetic (sundaram) ideal. As such, the classical musical instrument is indispensable to Her iconography. In the murti that you see on this page, She places the right anterior hand on its belly, while with the left She cradles its long, slender neck (She is the chaturbhujadharini, possessed of four arms, as is the norm in Her iconography independent of Brahma).
As beauteous and sweet as the veena She plays, Sarasvati is the fairest of the Hindu devi pantheon. Here She sits on an upturned lotus-shaped throne. Her legs are in lalitasana, flanked by a pair of front-facing peacocks. The ensemble described heretofore is poised upon a high plinth whose edges are latticeworked along one tier and uniformly engraved along another.
An elongated prabhavali (aureole) frames the gentle, seated figurine. At its zenith is the ferocious, partially jawless Kirtimukham. Because Kirtimukham belongs to a completely different aesthetic than Sarasvati, His presence in this murti serves to bring out the same.
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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