This sculpture is sculpted keeping in view the patronage of Lord Shiva, just like Shiva’s cosmic dancer (Nataraja) form, Lord Ganesha (Shiva’s son) is seen as dancing in vigour with his left leg on the mouse (his sacred vehicle) and right bent in a 90-degree angle. The mouse sits on the lotus pedestal which is kept inverted on a three-layered stand, carved in absolute fineness and beauty. Chaturbhuja has his anterior hands postured in the Nataraja mudra unlike his usual iconography and his rear hands carry the iconic implements- Noose and Pasa.
Ganesha’s stance and sharpness display his exuberance, focusing attention on his slender body in spite of having a portly figure. The multiple pleated dhoti that he wears is fashioned in a flowy and luxurious manner with the traditional long kamarband enhancing its charm. Zoom in to appreciate the natural texture of the mouse’s body identifying it as a hairy type; ornamented in graceful jewels and the long layered sun-haloed crown is inspired by the great South Indian temple carvings.
Having a lavishly carved and striated trunk in valampuri pose, large ornamented ears in horizontal lines and the tilak on the forehead reminding us of Shiva’s third eye, are some of the minutest briefings on which the carver has paid keen attention. Ganesha is framed here in a double-layered Kirtimukha ring which is surrounded by mesmerizing flowers signifying his love and a colorful aura, unlike Shiva’s ferocious ring of flames; the inner edge is decorated with leaves joining together to form small temple tops in the upper half. Not only the distinctive structure but also its magnified size is an eye-catcher for the viewer.
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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