33" Large Dancing Lady | Madhuchista Vidhana (Lost-Wax) | Panchaloha Bronze from Swamimalai

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She is the enchantress of Devas (gods), celestial beings, sages, and poets. She is the ornament of the Devalaya- home of the gods, she is the Devanganga- celestial maiden, whose beauty originated from Sri Vishnu himself. The Apsara, dancing in ecstasy and immersing the viewer in the ecstasy of her magnificence in the Panchaloha medium, is an essential feature of ancient Hindu and other sectarian shrines. The beauteous maiden was among the many great gifts to the deity who resided in the temple. Her loveliness and physical charm are an offering from the sculptor, who presented to the Lord with all his heart and devotion, all that was pleasing and awe-inspiring in the world, condensed and materialized as the divine beauty. 

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Item Code: PHC443
Bronze Statue
Dimensions 33 inch Height X 13 inch Width X 20 inch Depth
Weight: 49.75 kg
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The Devangana dances atop a platform she shares with two other female figures, who are much smaller in size when compared to her, signaling that their status is secondary to hers. And who could rival such beauty? Her tresses long and curly are set in a gorgeous bun, held together by a jeweled tiara and hair accessories. Her face is a pleasing sight to behold- eyebrows arched like the bow of warriors, whose hearts she pierced with her almond eyes' sharp gazes. Her perfect nose sits over lips that are no less than the petals of a freshly blossomed lotus. Her breasts are rounded, her waist curving, and her hips wide- she is the zenith of feminine beauty. With a form so dazzling, the celestial maiden needs no ornaments, but for the sake of convention, the sculptor of this brass icon has offered her some of the best pieces of jewelry you will ever see. Especially noteworthy is her heavy bejeweled girdle that forms a skirt around her bare lower body and the chain attached to her necklace that runs from the middle of her torso to her back, in a gorgeous bend. Thanks to the artistic precision, her legs- raised and steady, appear dynamic and life-like. Her arm- one raised in the air, while the other touching the sole of her foot are delicately designed, with each finger immaculately delineated.

How her hands are presented reminds us of the yoginis and celestial nymphs playing Veena-stringed instruments. Though there is no instrument present in this brass sculpture, with her beauty and vibrant aura, the divine maiden undoubtedly tugs at more than a few strings of our hearts, filling us with sweet melodies dedicated to the great divine, who enables the sculptor to envision such marvellousness, and us to witness 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.

How are Bronze statues made?

Bronze statues and sculptures are known for their exquisite beauty and the divinity that they emit all around the space. Bronze is considered an excellent metal alloy, composed primarily of copper and tin. Many properties make it suitable for sculpting even the most intricate and complex structures. There was a period in history, known as the "Bronze Age", in which most sculptors preferred to work with Bronze as it was considered the hardest metal. Bronze is especially appreciated for its durability, ductility, and corrosion-resistance properties. India is especially known for its elegant workmanship of skills working with Bronze. The artisans of a town named Swamimalai in South India have been following a tradition of bronze murti making for ages. They use a special material known as Panchaloha bronze to make fascinating icons of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

All of us are allured by the beauty of bronze statues and sculptures but there goes a tough hand in casting those masterpieces with little or no imperfections. Since it is an extremely elaborate process, a sculptor needs to be highly skilled in making bronze antiques. The most common technique for casting bronze sculptures that has been followed since ancient times is the “Lost-wax” process which involves many steps:

1. Clay model making

The making of a bronze statue or sculpture starts with preparing a full-sized clay (usually Plasticine) model of the sculpture. This allows the artist to have an idea about the overall shape and form of the desired sculpture before working with bronze, a much more expensive and difficult-to-work-with material.

2. Mould making

Once the clay model is ready, a mould of the original sculpture is made. This is done by carefully covering the clay model with plaster strips. This step is carried out in such a way that no air bubbles are formed. It takes up to 24 hours for the plaster to dry. Once dried, the plaster is then gently removed from the clay model. The removal happens easily because the inner mould is usually made of materials such as polyurethane rubber or silicone.

3. Wax filling and removal

In this step, molten bronze or wax is poured or filled into the mould in such a way that it gets even into the finest details. The mould is then turned upside down and left to cool and harden. When the wax has hardened, it is removed from the mould.

4. Chasing

Chasing is the process in which the artist refines the surface of the bronze statue using various tools to achieve fine details. This smoothens the surface and gives the statue a finished look. If some parts of the statue were moulded separately, they are now heated and attached.
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5. Applying a patina

Bronze sculptures are known for their unique look or sheen on the surface. This may take several years to achieve naturally. Applying patina to bronze sculptures is an important step to make them appear attractive.
Working with clay, plaster mould, and molten wax can be messy and therefore sculptors wear old clothes and remain careful. The entire process of making a bronze statue takes several months to complete. Bronze sculptures last for many centuries because of the high durability of the material. Many centuries down the line, these sculptures continue to be appreciated for their majestic beauty.
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