numerous gifts of the southern Indian Chola dynasty to the art world, the Chola
bronzes have an extremely exalted status. Infused with sensuality and life,
these bronze idols are some of the best works of art in metal. Here, we have a
standing Uma or Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva and the mother of all life
forms, in bronze.
The goddess is standing on a high platform, decorated with lotus petals. A conical mukut or crown signifying her divine status on her head. Numerous texts have exhausted themselves in describing the celestial beauty of Uma, the goddess who captured the heart of the ascetic god Shiva. Her eyebrows have been compared to the crescent moon, her eyes like the lotus petals, and her face gleaming like the sun and moon combined. The statue here has portrayed a divine tranquillity on the face of the goddess, who is standing in the Tribhanga (triple bent) posture. The physical appearance of the goddess is voluptuous, with rounded breasts, a thin waist, and lean arms and legs. Her left hand rests near her leg in the graceful Lolahasta mudra, a posture miming a horse's tail. The right hand of the Devi is raised, probably to hold a lotus or lily. Goddess’ waist is wrapped in a jeweled griddle and she is wearing a simple dhoti whose folds are represented by the semi-circular carvings of the statue.
Uma bronze statues like the one we have here are often a part of a Shiva- Parvati or Shiva Parivar composite. She is known as Shivagami (beloved of Shiva), Tripursundari (the beauty of three cities), Bhogeshwari (the goddess of desire), or simply Devi depending upon the context. As an independent deity, Uma rules the spheres of desire, fertility, abundance, and motherhood.
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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