The Lalita-Vistara, a Mahayana text mentions seven Manushi Buddhas. In sculptural form, the Mortal Buddhas look alike. The most popular of all the Mortal Buddhas is Gautama, who belongs to this age and who is most widely represented in Indian Buddhist art.
In this sculpture in brass, Buddha is seated on a lotus seat (padmasana) in deep meditation, with the soles of the feet turned upwards. He wears a monastic garment reaching from the shoulders to the ankles, leaving the right shoulder and breast left base. His right hand touches the earth in bhumi sparsha mudra.
The left hand lies in his lap with the palm turned
upwards with a vace placed on it. With the Buddha image, the human figure
for the first time in the history of art came to be invested with supreme
spiritual and moral values. He acquired thirty-two superior and eighty
inferior auspicious outward marks indicative of his spiritual attainments.
The most important of the thirty-two superior marks is the full sized usmisa
(the protuberance of the skull), which becomes the receptacle for the divine
mind. The skull and the protuberance are covered with flat locks of hair
ritually turned to the right (the direction of happiness).
This description by Renu Rana.
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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