The iconography of Lord Manjushri is in keeping with the traditional references to Him in the Mahayanasootras. The lissome form of the ascetic yogi, draped in a vivid gold-hemmed robe. His legs are gathered in the perfect padmasana: the knee-and-hip trifecta in contact with the ground on which He sits, heels gathered directly below the navel, and the soles facing skyward. A number of sashes descending from His shoulders and rising from the hems of His dhoti, flank His shapely torso. Against the washed-out coppery hue of the Bodhisattva’s body, the gold of His attire and adornments make for a brilliant contrast.
From the crease of His left elbow rises a sprig of the myrobalan, the mystical Himalayan plant, root of traditional Tibetan healing. It is an integral aspect of the iconography of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas alike, lending to the healing power of Buddhist visualisation. It is done up in the same gold of the Bodhisattva’s karnakundalas and five-spired crown.
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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