Lord Balaji or Venkateshvara of Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. A reproduction of the iconography of the ancient temple situated on one of the peaks of Tirumala Hills. Sculpted from brass and poised on the marble countertop of a makeshift yet ornately carved wooden temple.
This authentic Balaji murti would be a fine addition to the home of the Vaishnava devotee. It comes in three different patinas/colour finishes - a solid gold-coloured murti, one wherein the colour black punctuates the natural golden colour of brass, and one that features luxuriant inlay.
The pillars and the temple entrance archway, the hanging shankha va chakra dias, and the standing ones with peacocks carved along the stem are miniature details that add to the aesthetic and spiritual value of the composition.
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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