fierce and protective countenance of Goddess
Durga with our magnificent brass wall-hanging mask.
Handmade with precision in India, this artwork celebrates the strength and
determination that the goddess represents in Hindu
philosophy. It's not just a piece of art;
it's a symbol of empowerment and fearlessness. As you gaze upon the mask,
you'll be drawn into the intricacies of Goddess Durga's features, her commanding
expression, and the symbolism in every detail. Durga's numerous arms and the
weapons she wields embody her readiness to face adversity and protect her
devotees. This wall hanging serves as a constant reminder of inner strength and
the power of divine intervention.
This lustrous wall hanging, a brass plaque cast with an ornament like fine details as the brass like hard and uncompromising medium would yield with great difficulty, revealing rare beauty and charging the ambience with spiritual fervour, represents goddess Kali. The image of the goddess has been conceived as a wall hanging. The brass-piece is both, a ritual image as well as an art object. When the space to adorn or to sanctify is the lintel or the face of an entrance, or its side planks, or when it is a space insufficient to accommodate a full image, a deity-plaque is the best option for adorning it. Aesthetically cast it beautifies a space, and by representing the most powerful divinity of Indian pantheon it spiritualizes the ambience with its divine aura. Similarly cast papier-mâché plaques of the goddess flood the markets in Bengal, as also other parts of thecountry, during Durga-puja festival. In Bengal one cannot find even the humblest of a hut without an image of Kali and to a larger part of populace a plaque is her most preferred form. From a clay-cast – the humblest, to a gold pendant – the richest, one can find such deity icons in an affordable medium.
The representation is typical to the Bengal cult that perceives Kali as Durga. It conceives the goddess with the same luminous fair-complexioned image – cast in a metal or produced in colours, as has Durga; however, for representing Kali in her own form as it enshrines other traditions of Kali imagery the artist has shaded with black tint the face of the goddess though he seems to have taken extra care to ensure that its lustre is least affected. Though the use of the black dye is just symbolic, a fine artistic manipulation this bit of lampblack like shade rubbed on the luminous face of the image has only further beautified it, perhaps by minimizing its extra lustre. A symbolic icon : a partially revealed face, the forehead covered under the crown, and the neck, behind a necklace, the brass-piece, besides representing the great goddess in her two manifestations Durga and Kali, also represents with utmost thrust two most venerated art traditions of Bengal, one, the classical tradition of Pala bronzes, and the other, the Kalighat tradition of Kali images. While in its finesse, precise details, technical maturity and perfect execution, rare finish, delicately worked image and its overall quality it pursues the timeless idiom of Pala bronzes of early medieval centuries, in the adornment of the goddess that with its far greater proportion and emphasis dominates the image it pursues the folk line of the 19th century Kalighat art idiom still live in all forms of art in Bengal. Unlike other folk art styles the folk element in Kalighat tradition is extremely decorative, observes geometric accuracy and produces rare aesthetic effect. The face of the goddess : the lower half, angular, and the upper, a semi-circle, prominent cheeks, eyes and eyebrows, raised upwards slanting at hundred twenty\ degree angle, and large awe-inspiring eye-balls, heavy lips and bold nose-ring, is typical to Kalighat folk style. The multi-tiered form of the crown with a temple-top that adorns the deity-image has almost rigidified in Kalighat style of the image of the goddess. Though incised with minute details and highly decorative in character the style of flowers, consisting of four leaves, not petals a flower usually consists of, the crown’s other sections, locks of hair and ear-ornaments all consisting of leaves or ferns are typical of Kalighat folk style.
How to keep a Brass statue well-maintained?
Brass statues are known and appreciated for their exquisite beauty and luster. The brilliant bright gold appearance of Brass makes it appropriate for casting aesthetic statues and sculptures. Brass is a metal alloy composed mainly of copper and zinc. This chemical composition makes brass a highly durable and corrosion-resistant material. Due to these properties, Brass statues and sculptures can be kept both indoors as well as outdoors. They also last for many decades without losing all their natural shine.
Brass statues can withstand even harsh weather conditions very well due to their corrosion-resistance properties. However, maintaining the luster and natural beauty of brass statues is essential if you want to prolong their life and appearance.
In case you have a colored brass statue, you may apply mustard oil using a soft brush or clean cloth on the brass portion while for the colored portion of the statue, you may use coconut oil with a cotton cloth.
Brass idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are especially known for their intricate and detailed work of art. Nepalese sculptures are famous for small brass idols portraying Buddhist deities. These sculptures are beautified with gold gilding and inlay of precious or semi-precious stones. Religious brass statues can be kept at home altars. You can keep a decorative brass statue in your garden or roof to embellish the area and fill it with divinity.
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