The quintessential Indian mother-and-child figure. The lovely Devi Parvati cradles Her little Karttikeya in one arm; the other She places gently on the crowned head of baby Ganesha standing right next to Her. With one hand, the elephant-headed deity clutches at the hems of His mother’s dhoti (in the other, of course, there is a laddoo, which is probably what He loves most next to His mother).
In Her iconography as the mother of Shiva’s sons, Devi Parvati is at Her most radiant. A tall crown and ample, traditional shringar. Vines spread about Her shoulders as they cascade from the rim of Her crown. An inimitable expression of karuna (compassion, an unflinching maternal emotion) on Her handsome face. Standing on an upturned-lotus pedestal with Her two children, She is the very picture of grace and what it is like to be feminine.
A warm earthy colour with overtones of green, this colour finish is unique to the panchaloha medium. It refers to the mix of five (‘pancha’) different iron-based (‘loha’ is Sanskrt for iron) alloys, which is the speciality of the traditional sculptors of the South. The long drawn out lost-wax process, expounded in the Agamas as madhuchista vidhana, is responsible for the sheer proportion of detail and finesse in this composition.
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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