The great Shakyamuni
was the first who went towards the path of Buddhahood. A founder of Buddhism
whose teaching mainly inclined towards the path of enlightenment, free from
material aspects as he sits in bhumpisparsha posture while his hand touched the
ground. The brass mocha brown Shakyamuni is clad in an iron-grey robe. His eyes
are closed and his head is covered with short curls. The azure bump signifying
transcendental wisdom and elongated earlobes is a characteristic sign of
Buddha. He is preaching his dhamma sits in padmasana on a silver and brown
lotus plinth decorated in an amazingly blended pattern with the lotus leaves
highlighted ash grey. The rainbow aureole blended with the paisley motif
enhance the beauty of the erratic statue. In peacetime he is wise and
dignified, his demeanour calm and serene, possessing great majesty and royalty.
His facial features are chiselled in a celestial aura focusing on every
minutest detail. He is seated on a precious elephant throne that has the
strength of a thousand elephants.
Nepalese Copper sculptures – Their Care and maintenance
Nepalese sculptures are well-known throughout the globe for their distinctive features. The artists of Nepal specialize in making small religious figures, especially Buddhist and Hindu, and ritual objects in copper or bronze alloy. The characteristic features of sculptures of Nepal are elongated and languid eyes, exaggerated physical postures, round facial features, and sensuous youthful bodies. All these features exhibit a high level of skill and exquisite beauty that draw their influence from the artistic style of the Gupta and Pala Empires from ancient India. Nepali sculptures are especially appreciated for perfectly portraying the spiritual cultures of Buddhism and Hinduism.
Maintenance of copper statues
The ancient artists of Nepal preferred to use copper more than any other material due to its amazing properties. It is a soft and malleable metal that makes it suitable for molding into any desired shape or form. A sculpture requires a structure with realistic intricate details and copper is an appropriate material for this purpose. Although copper sculptures do not need much care and maintenance, you should not question the need of cleaning them carefully.
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