The Southern parts of India are famous for their age old delicate and unique wood carvings for sculptures, temples or other decorative items. This Krishna sculpture is etched in a similar dual shaded wooden material in a magnified size having accurate cuts and folds to form a finite structure. Lord Krishna is one of the most popular and revered deity of all the other Hindu divinities and is worshipped as the eighth avtaar of Lord Vishnu; he stands here in his usual Tribhanga (three part bend in neck, waist and knee) posture on an exquisitely layered and designed leafy plinth. The Chaturbhuja carries his music instrument, flute in anterior hands, that captivates the heart and mind of a person by the mesmerized and soulful tunes that emerge out from it, while rear hands are ready with stylistically sculpted Sudarshan Chakra and Conch respectively.
Krishna is also known as the lover god as he is the dream prince of all gopis, friend of all other people and a protector of animals. The holy cow that stands behind him is Surabhi, who was created by him only. She is seen as licking Krishna’s left foot as a gesture of paying homage to her Lord. He is clad in traditional and the most beauteous attires along with enormous jewels that veil his body and a thick flower garland that sways freely towards the left. Zoom in to explore the vast beauty of his flower aureoled crown, inspired by long South Indian temple structures and that slight curve of lips exemplifying his core happiness.
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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