Early Buddhist art was able to express the presence of the Buddha through his 'traces' in the form of symbols the lotus for his birth, the bodhi tree for his enlightenment, the wheel for his teachings, and the stupa for his death and achievement of nirvana. As Buddhist devotion developed, a superhuman nature was accorded to the teacher.
In this statuette, Buddha, wearing a tricivara (a close-fitting robe extending from neck to ankles), stands erect. His hands are raised in abhaya and varada mudra. These two postures are also associated with deities of the Hindu pantheon. The abhaya or the protection-assuring posture of the hand shows a lifted hand, the palm with fingers extended upwards face outwards. The varada or the blessing posture has the hand in the opposite direction.
Slanting on an inverted lotus seat, he looks peace and tranquility personified.
This description by Renu Rana.
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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