Aventurine is a variety of quartz that is known for its unusual texture. It has a natural translucence coupled with a deep shimmer, termed as aventurescence. The same is brought out to perfection in the longline Nataraja sculpture that you see on this page. It is a rich green colour, which is the natural colour of aventurine.
A two-tiered plinth comprising lotus blooms with the pistils against each other. An Apasmara figure of substantial proportions, crushed beneath the feet of Shiva. Nataraja dances on its back, symbolising the consistent victory of enlightenment over ignorance (‘avidya’, of which Apasmara is personification).
The cold quartz medium has been imbued with remarkable dynamism. The chaturbhujadhari Nataraja dances with His hair flaying about Him, a world of snakes bouncing around His every curve. A perfectly circular aureole frames the figure steeped in tandava. Zoom in on the face to appreciate the wealth of expression introduced by the skilful hands of the artisan.
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