He is chaturbhujadhari, possessed of (‘dhari’) four (‘chatur’) arms (‘bhuja’). In the posterior hands are the damroo, from which emerges the creative-projective naada (sound), and a quantum of flaming fire, symbolic of the annihilation that precedes brith anew. In keeping with His traditional iconography, He is wearing a bunch of rudrakshas in addition to the loincloth; and the long, slithering bodies of venomous snakes are wound around His neck and limbs, like He is their overlord. His voluminous hair is in dreadlocks, gathered atop His head in thick coils from which emerges a miniscule stream of the Devi Ganga.
A supremely tranquil composure characterises His countenance. The half-shut eyes of Lord Shiva, a wide-set brow, and a handsome mouth. Like the little Nandi at His feet, whose gaze and stance and heart are pouring forth with reverence for Him, the ihalokiya devotees of Lord Shiva turn to Him for succour in their sorrow.
How to care for Wood Statues?
Wood is extensively used in sculpting especially in countries like China, Germany, and Japan. One feature that makes the wood extremely suitable for making statues and sculptures is that it is light and can take very fine detail. It is easier for artists to work with wood than with other materials such as metal or stone. Both hardwoods, as well as softwood, are used for making sculptures. Wood is mainly used for indoor sculptures because it is not as durable as stone. Changes in weather cause wooden sculptures to split or be attacked by insects or fungus. The principal woods for making sculptures and statues are cedar, pine, walnut, oak, and mahogany. The most common technique that sculptors use to make sculptures out of wood is carving with a chisel and a mallet. Since wooden statues are prone to damage, fire, and rot, they require proper care and maintenance.
It is extremely important to preserve and protect wooden sculptures with proper care. A little carelessness and negligence can lead to their decay, resulting in losing all their beauty and strength. Therefore, a regular clean-up of the sculptures is a must to prolong their age and to maintain their shine and luster.
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