A Saraswati murti with striking Hoysala influences. Sculpted from pure bronze and poised under a simhayali Kirtimukham archway. Maa Saraswati is the fair wife of Lord Brahma, the presiding deity over learning and the fine arts. As such, the Saraswati idol is incomplete without the long-necked veena, an Indian classical musical instrument.
The art of the Hoysala period flourished in the 10th-14th centuries under the architectural and iconographical patronage of the Hoysala dynasty rulers. It is characterised by traditional iconography, luxuriant adornment, and perfect symmetry and application of skill. The Saraswati puja murti that you see on this page is no exception.
A many-layered, lotus petal-engraved plinth of multiple quadrilateral tiers. A gigantic lotus-shaped throne, flanked by miniature peacocks (Saraswati Mata murti vahana). Finally, the exquisite-limbed chaturbhujadharini seated in ardhapadmasana.
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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