The prevailing symmetry and attention to detail on the part of the artisan makes this a select work of art. The organic medium of wood has been infused with a world of lifelike detail, such as the pleats of Her flowing saree and the stance of Her delicately carved digits. In Her anteriormost left hand She holds the trishoola (trident), reminiscent of Her husband Lord Shiva, and the right hand She raises in blessing. The crown and karnakundalas, in addition to the halo behind Her head, add to the divine glamour of Her countenance.
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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