The urli is a uniquely Indian item of home and space decor. It comprises a wide-mouthed shallow-bottomed vessel, designed such as to be filled with water, which is then strewn with the petals of freshly plucked flowers. It not only pervades the air around it with a sweet, natural scent, but also makes for a superbly pleasing sight. A fine example of the Indian aesthetic tradition, this simple and intuitive technology is found in many Indian homes even today.
The urli that you see on this page is a particularly ornate one. The vessel has a sharply curving silhouette, which must have taken a great deal of skill to make. It balances on three identical legs which are designed to resemble thick, upward-curving sprigs of vine. At the frontal midpoint of the urli is a superb, perfectly symmetrical arrangement of vine, which features a flower at the centre. The most striking aspect of this composition, however, is Lord Ganesha swinging right above where the flowers are supposed to be.
A pair of pillars rises from the mouth of the urli on either side of the diameter. A pair of peacocks clings to the top of each pillar. A flattened sprig of vine joins the heads of the pillars. On either of its edges is a peacock with a tiny, single-wick lamp tray jutting out from its breast. Peacocks and vines at the centre, from beneath which dangles the swing. Seated in lalitasana upon it is the chaturbhujadhari Lord Ganesha, sculpted in remarkable and lifelike detail.
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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