This authentic sculpture is made from Panchaloha Bronze from Swamimalai, Tamil Nadu. The artisans of this region follow an ancient tradition of manufacturing bronze idols by a unique method called Madhuchista Vidhana or Lost wax method, which is described in the Shilpasastra. The sculpture has been handcrafted with a great precision to achieve fine details with perfection.
Here, the lady with slender body stands on an inverted lotus pedestal in tribhanga stance (her body bent at her right knee and the thin waist forming a beautiful S-curve). She is wearing a close-fitting dhoti embroidered with silk threads and laces that displays the shape of her long and flawless legs. Adorned with gorgeous thick neckpieces and a long chain, her bare chest gets partially covered. A dupatta falling straight from one shoulder and worn over the other elbow, forms triangular pleats at the bottom.
Her hair gathered in a loose bun looks mesmerizing and the head is covered with a chunky metal headband reaching the forehead. She puts one hand gracefully on the forehead, while in the other hand, holds a mirror, and looks into it with a subtle smile, admiring the reflection of her beautiful face. She embraces the features of her face and feels gratified.
WHAT IS PANCHALOHA BRONZE AND HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT ?
Bronze is a metal alloy that has the primary composition of Copper and Tin. There is also an addition of other metals such as Manganese, Aluminium, Nickel, and some non-metals such as Phosphorus. This composition of several metals and non-metals makes Bronze an extremely durable and strong metal alloy. It is for this reason that Bronze is extensively used for casting sculptures and statues. Since Bronze has a low melting point, it usually tends to fill in the finest details of a mould and when it cools down, it shrinks a little that makes it easier to separate from the mould.
" If you happen to have a bronze statue, simply use a cotton cloth with some coconut oil or any other natural oil to clean the statue. "
A village named Swamimalai in South India is especially known for exceptionally well-crafted Bronze icons of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The skilled artisans of this place use Panchaloha Bronze for casting the icons. Panchaloha Bronze is made of five metals; Copper, Zinc, Lead, and small quantities of Gold and Silver. Zinc gives a golden hue to the finished figure and Lead makes the alloy softer for the easy application of a chisel and hammer. The common technique for producing these statues and sculptures is the “Lost-wax” method. Because of the high durability of bronze sculptures and statues, less maintenance is required, and can still last up to many decades.
Exotic India takes great pride in its collection of hand-picked Panchaloha Statues. You will find the murtis of Gods (Krishna, Hanuman, Narasimha, Ganesha, Nataraja, and Kartikeya) and Goddesses (Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga, and Parvati), and Buddha statues. You can also buy Ritual paraphernalia (Wicks lamp, Puja Kalash, Cymbals, and Puja Flag) on the website. All these statues and items have been made with a lot of care and attention, giving them a flawless finish. Their fine carving detail represents the rich tradition of India.
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