Dokra or dhokra is the name given to a lost-wax casting technique that dates back to the Indus Valley Civilisation Period. The non-ferrous alloy, which could be either solid- or hollow-casted, makes for a simplistic finish and forceful form. This could be seen in this abstract Mahishasuramardini Durga image that you see on this page, seated on the back of a lion as ferocious as She is.
Slayeress (‘mardini’) of the buffalo-demon (‘mahisha-asura’), Her mukhamandala is defined by pronounced features and a brilliant composure. Her saree is wound closely round Her long, lithe torso and the strong limbs that She spreads on either side of the simhavahana (divine lion mount). The ten hands of the dashabhujadharini wields a variety of weapons, with the anteriormost pair wielding the trident-spear that deals the fatal blow to Mahishasura.
Mahishasura, however, is not part of this composition. The simhavahini Devi is poised on the lifeless skull of the mahisha, vahana of the vanquished asura. Its tongue falls out of its mouth in death and defeat. Despite the rudimentary silhouette, the gorgeously framed face of the Devi, with crown and leaf, features large, beauteous eyes that are swimming with lifelike expression.
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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