With his tall crown of matted hair adorned by the crescent moon, Shiva stands here in the graceful, swaying manner known in Sanskrit as the ‘tribhanga’ posture. His upper right hand holds a goad guiding us on to the path of Dharma, while the corresponding left hand holds an antelope. The antelope not only justifies Shiva’s epithet as ‘Pashupatinath’, the Lord of Animals, but also symbolizes ‘Maya’, which even though rules over the entire world, is itself subordinate to Lord Shiva. The other two hands are in the posture of holding a vina (stringed musical instrument), signifying one of Shiva’s 108 names – Vinapani. Pani means hands in Sanskrit.
Shiva’s dignified bearing gives this sculpture a commanding presence. The figure is slender and handsomely proportioned. He wears a short dhoti ending at his thighs. The Lord stands on a lotus pedestal which is itself placed on a carved pedestal. He wears the scared thread of the Hindus across his shoulder and numerous serpents entwine various parts of his body.
This statue was created in the city of Aligarh in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
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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