Our favourite ‘vanara’ or monkey king is presented standing tall and proud on raised lotus pedestal, in a bronze image that is executed in the ‘madhuchista vidhana’ lost wax technique of artistry. The zoo-anthropomorphic form of Hanuman, with the body of a human and the head and tail of a monkey, is holding onto his fearsome ‘gada’ or mace against his left shoulder while his right hand is raised in the fear dispelling ‘abhaya mudra’ gesture. This gesture is innately tied to his presence as the remover of all obstacles and fear from the hearts of the devotees – ‘sankat mochan.’ In fact, today, centuries after the events of the Ramayana, our lord and ‘chiranjeevi’ of Hinduism is revered in the recitation of the ‘sankat mochan Hanuman ashtak,’ allowing the righteous to call onto the faithful companion of Rama to deliver us from any fearful situation and trouble.
Hanuman’s divine yet humble presence is accentuated with his inornate drapery, wearing a simple ‘dhoti’ and plain beads across his body. As our loving ‘vayuputra’ or the son of the wind god Vayu, Hanuman as stood the test of time being a symbol of hope, nationalism, and resistance of oppression. His tales of venturing into Lanka, setting it ablaze, and devoting his life to the service of Rama and his coterie have allowed him to be a an emotional and loving, as well as heroic and assertive god. Moreover, with his powerful strength that allowed him to lift an entire mountain to find the ‘sanjeevni booti,’ and his mace fighting skills, Hanuman has also been revered as the patron saint for wrestlers all over India.
Such interesting textual thought and action behind the creation of this elegant bronze image makes it a wholly interesting work to acquire.
WHAT IS PANCHALOHA BRONZE AND HOW TO TAKE CARE OF 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.
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