Shivaji's tandava takes place at its centre. Whilst His locks sway in the wind as if they have a life of their own, His composure of countenance is of majestic calm and divinity. Atop His head sits the moon to one side and an open-hooded snake on the other, while His face is flanked by the long kundala-clad ears of divine wisdom.
There is a certain sensousness about His form that this sculpture brings out. His skin is as resplendent as the ornaments that grace His form; His form, of smooth definition, clad starkly in a short dhoti that barely covers His thighs. A snake emerges from one side of His body, raising its hood between the mudra of His hands, while the flowing sash on the other side of His body adds balance to the whole composition. In His posterior arms, the damru and the flame signify the creative and destructive processes respectively. A thrice-layered pedestal completes the composition. A round-edged quadrilateral supports a layer of thick, blooming lotuses. A raised platform atop the same, embossed with auspicious symbols, further supports an inverted lotus. It is on the back of this lotus that the dwarf lies subded under Shivaji's foot, symbolising the victory of wisdom over ignorance.
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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