The gracious Goddess Saraswati, who along with Goddesses Parvati and Lakshmi, forms the divine triad known as the ‘Tridevi’, is the divine consort of Lord Brahma. She is known as Vidyadatri, meaning the Goddess who provides knowledge, and is the feminine energy representing the Rajas Guna (mode of passion), thus, assists Lord Brahma to create the material world.
In this handmade bronze sculpture, Goddess Saraswati can be seen dancing on a beautiful pedestal with its top in the shape of an upturned lotus. She is surrounded by a magnificent arch of appealing motifs and designs; on the bottom of the arch, two Peacocks are standing atop the pedestal on either side that symbolize the celebration of dance. The four-armed Goddess carries a musical instrument called Veena in the front left arm, the right hand holds the gesture of Abhay Mudra (fearlessness), the rear right hand carries a rosary, and the left hand carries a book.
She is embellished with heavy and long chains and neckpieces around her neck that cover her bare chest. She is wearing a close-fitting silk dhoti down to her ankles that reveals the shape of her long elegant legs. The right foot is slightly raised from the base of the pedestal, while the left leg is raised in the air and folded inwards. The shape of her thin waist forms a slight S-curve, making the movements of her dance look fascinating. The tall basket-shaped crown on her head describes her position as the Goddess of music, learning and knowledge of the Absolute Truth.
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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