15'' Swami Ramanuja | Madhuchista Vidhana (Lost-Wax) | Panchaloha Bronze from Swamimalai

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Complimenting much of the fanfare surrounding the recent inauguration of the Statue of Equality at Muchintal, Hyderabad, is this fifteen-inch tall ‘panchaloha’ bronze image of Swami Ramanuja, made in the ‘Madhuchista Vidhana’ or cire perdue lost-wax technique in Swamimalai. Arguably one of the single most influential thinker and philosopher of Hinduism, Ramanuja helped establish much of the wider tenets of the Bhakti movement through his three major commentaries: the Vedartha-samgraha, the Shri-bhashya, and the Bhagvadgita-bhashya.
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Item Code: PHC121
Specifications:
Bronze
Height: 15 inch
Width: 10 inch
Depth: 9 inch
Weight: 20 kg
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It was his legendary theological acumen that amassed him a great following of Vaishnavites, setting the pace of the Vishishtadvaita subschool of Vedanta. The sculptural image here pays homage to that non-dualistic religious path by portraying the saint praying in ‘Padmasana,’ a cross-legged sitting meditation pose, atop a high-tiered pedestal. The saint is shown scantily clad in his ‘kashya vastram,’ or ochre robes. His forehead is marked by the Urdhva Pundra, or the stylised ‘tilak’ that Vaishnavites wear to show that they are devotees of Vishnu (with varying degrees, to mark which lineage or sampradaya they belong to). Additionally, Ramanuja’s left and right shoulders bear the distinct symbol of a ‘shankha’ or conch, allowing for fame, prosperity, and the cleansing of the self, and the symbolic representation of the religious movement ‘Pancharatra,’ for which Ramanuja contributed an important Agama, the Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya. Another major icon is the ‘tridandam’ in Ramanuja’s hands. The finely-detailed image presents us with the three-split bamboo strips that constitute the tridandam; they signify the three realities of life – Nature, soul, and God. The tridandam, made of bamboo (for the belief that it is full of life; hence also called ‘jiva dandam’), has a piece of white cloth attached to the top called ‘jalapavitam’ which is used as a filter by the saints to cleanse and drink water. In this sculptural instance, we see the jalapavitam carrying the symbols of the conch, the Pancharatra, and the Urdhva Pundra.

WHAT IS PANCHALOHA BRONZE AND HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT ?

 

Bronze is a metal alloy that has the primary composition of Copper and Tin. There is also an addition of other metals such as Manganese, Aluminium, Nickel, and some non-metals such as Phosphorus. This composition of several metals and non-metals makes Bronze an extremely durable and strong metal alloy. It is for this reason that Bronze is extensively used for casting sculptures and statues. Since Bronze has a low melting point, it usually tends to fill in the finest details of a mould and when it cools down, it shrinks a little that makes it easier to separate from the mould.

" If you happen to have a bronze statue, simply use a cotton cloth with some coconut oil or any other natural oil to clean the statue. "

 

A village named Swamimalai in South India is especially known for exceptionally well-crafted Bronze icons of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The skilled artisans of this place use Panchaloha Bronze for casting the icons. Panchaloha Bronze is made of five metals; Copper, Zinc, Lead, and small quantities of Gold and Silver. Zinc gives a golden hue to the finished figure and Lead makes the alloy softer for the easy application of a chisel and hammer. The common technique for producing these statues and sculptures is the “Lost-wax” method. Because of the high durability of bronze sculptures and statues, less maintenance is required, and can still last up to many decades.

Exotic India takes great pride in its collection of hand-picked Panchaloha Statues. You will find the murtis of Gods (Krishna, Hanuman, Narasimha, Ganesha, Nataraja, and Kartikeya) and Goddesses (Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga, and Parvati), and Buddha statues. You can also buy Ritual paraphernalia (Wicks lamp, Puja Kalash, Cymbals, and Puja Flag) on the website. All these statues and items have been made with a lot of care and attention, giving them a flawless finish. Their fine carving detail represents the rich tradition of India.


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  • Q. Is the statue hollow or solid ?
    A. Panchaloha bronze statues are made through a process of lost wax casting, hence they are solid. To know more about how bronze statues are made, please read our article on Panchaloha Bronze Statues. Whereas, brass statues are made through a process of clay casting, hence are hollow.
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    A. For any customisation, a new bronze statue has to be made. To know more, kindly email us at help@exoticindia.com.
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