This stunningly vibrant copper metalwork from Nepal depicts the Amitabha Buddha in a seated meditative posture, holding a kalasha (vase) in his hands. The vase, topped with leaves of the auspicious Ashoka tree, is a representation of Amrita, the elixir of immortality. It symbolizes a long life without the misery (shoka) of death and disease. On the top of the vase can be seen an alm's bowl, reiterating the non-materialistic nature of the depiction.
This colorful sculpture the Amitabha Buddha assumes the standard Buddha form, but he's shown in colors of striking red. He sits in padmasana, upon a lotus throne, like a divine king gazing upon his subjects. He wears the clothings and jeweled adornments of a celestial heavenly lord, in the style of the classical Indian tradition of divine aesthetics.
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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