18 inch Height - Ram
15 inch Height - Lakshman
15 inch Height - Sita
13 inch Height - Hanuman
The princely avatars of Vishnu, the Lord Rama stands with His durbar (court) comprising the beauteous wife Seeta, the faithful brother Lakshmana, and the devoted servant Hanuman. A set of four discrete statuettes, each with its own plinth and pedestal, whose dimensions are in keeping with the proportions of the respective figurines.
This ensemble is made from panchaloha, a bronze made from gold, silver, copper, zinc, and iron. It explains the gold-like sheen of the murtis as well as the superior texture imbued with a wealth of detail. Every pleat and ornament on the figures of Rama, Seeta, Lakshmana, and Hanuman - in descending order of height - is carved with remarkable precision.
Each murti has been cast using the lost-wax metalcasting technique, expounded in the shastras as madhuchista vidhana. It is not only the make that follows the exacting standards of tradition, but also the finish. For example, the bows and quivers of arrows that are integral to the Ayodhya princes’ iconography and the immutable beauty of the much-loved Seeta.
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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