36" Large Superfine Marble Lord Karttikeya (Murugan)

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Kumara, Karttikeya, Skanda, - the divine ever-youthful, firstborn son of Shiva and Parvati is hailed in the Hindu pantheon as the destroyer of Tarakasur, the head of Indra’s celestial army and the god of war. Born from the essence of Shiva, cradled by Agni, supported by the mother-goddess Ganga and nurtured by the six Krittikas, Karttikeya is the manifestation of the powerful supreme yogic potency. 

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Item Code: ZEQ891
Specifications:
White Marble
Dimensions 37.50 inch Height X 14.00 inch Width X 9.00 inch Depth
Weight: 62.25 kg
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This grand white marble Karttikeya murti is based on the idols of the god found in the shrines across southern India, where he is lovingly called “Subramanyama” or “Murugan”. He is the great Brahmachari-  the celibate one, one who knows the secrets that lie in the “Brahma-nada”- the primordial sound “Aum”, which he teaches to his father, the Adi-Yogi, Shiva himself.


The warrior god in this magnificent white marble statue appears as a young commander-in-chief, owing to the fact that he took to the battlefield only seven days after his birth, defeated the demon Taraka, and relived the gods of his menace. The “Vel” or spear in his hand is infused with the powers of Devi Parvati herself, accompanied by which Kumara conquered not just Taraka, but every evil force he ever encountered.

 

The luster of the white marble is justifying the heavenly beauty of Kumara, who stands in the “Sampada-sthanaka” posture, with his body weight evenly distributed on both legs. innocent and exquisite, his face is framed by the crown that Murugan wears, matched in artistic grace by his ornaments- delineated using a golden paint that complements the charm of the young warrior. The garland that adorns him as well as the one that forms a floral aureole, are carved in a rounded manner, giving them a realistic appearance. The white dhoti that Kumara wears has its folds highlighted with symmetrical lines interspersed with a golden finish and curling frills on each side that adds to the deific feel of this marble murti.


Two-armed Karttikeya in his alluring marble statue holds a spear in one hand, while the other rests on his waist, in the “Katihastha” mudra. With an angelic countenance and perfectly balanced use of pleasing shades of pink, yellow, and golden against the flawlessly smooth white marble, Lord Murugan in this idol is the definition of the righteous hero, the one who does not frighten but protects. 


How to clean and maintain marble statues?


Marble has been a preferred material for sculptors and artists for more than a thousand years. It is a rock that undergoes metamorphism which causes recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains. Marble comes in various colors, designs, and dimensions. Pure white marble is the most preferred type of marble for making sculptures and statues since time immemorial. White marble is especially used for sculpting stone monumental sculptures since ancient times. The natural shine and luster of the carbonate crystals of white marble give a lavish and beautiful appearance to the statue.

 

Marble stone statues are highly durable and can even withstand harsh weather conditions without getting corroded, therefore, they can be kept indoors or outdoors without getting damaged or weathered. Although these statues can last for many decades, their regular care and cleaning are essential to increase their longevity and beautiful appearance.


  • The simplest and basic way of cleaning a marble stone statue is to clear away dirt accumulated on the surface. Outdoor statues are especially prone to biological growth and dirt build-up that may take away their natural beauty. You may rinse the statue with warm water and mild soap to clean the dirt as much as possible. You can use a sponge or cotton cloth to scrape off dirt accumulated in crevices and cracks.

 

  • You must never allow water to stand on the surface of the statue for a long time. Standing water gets absorbed by the marble’s porous surface which results in its discoloration. Therefore, it is always recommended to dry-clean the statue with a towel or damp cloth.

 

  • Applying beeswax, a non-toxic product, on the surface of the marble statue offers protection against staining, dirt, and pollutants. It also polishes the surface and gives a natural shine to the statue.

 

Marble statues need periodical cleaning to maintain their flawless look. However, harsh and deep cleaning can result in making the statue look dull. If your marble statue is withering away, it is recommended to take the help of a professional cleaner. Marble is a delicate material and therefore needs proper care.

How are marble statues made?

Marble is a soft and delicate metamorphic rock derived from limestone. It is composed mainly of recrystallized carbonate minerals. The appealing appearance of marble gives rise to the making of beautiful sculptures and statues. Jaipur city of Rajasthan, India, is considered the capital of marble carving where various marble idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are made. These magnificent statues are carved by skilled sculptors out of the purest white marble. The slight softness of white marble makes it easier to be carved and chiseled into any desirable form or shape. Another impressive feature of marble is that the calcite has a low refractive index that allows light to penetrate the stone before getting scattered out. This results in bringing a translucent appearance and luster to the marble sculpture. This is the reason why most sculptors prefer to work with marble for sculpting life-size statues that require intricate details, evoking a certain realism to the work.

There is a detailed or step-by-step process of developing the desired structure of a sculpture from marble stone. These steps are:

1. Clay mould

Most sculptors prefer to sculpt a preliminary model out of clay or wax to translate its complex and intricate details into the final stone sculpture with the use of calipers or a pointing machine. The plasticity of the clay mould helps sculptors capture the success of the final sculpture before carving the stone. The clay is moulded into the desired shape or form and this acts as a rough

2. Roughing out

The second step of carving or sculpting is to remove large portions of unwanted marble stone. This task is done by using a special tool known as a point chisel. The pointed end of this tool is useful for splitting the large stone and removing big chunks that are not wanted. Usually, a mallet (a tool similar to a hammer) is used to transfer energy through the chisel to shatter the stone evenly and accurately.
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3. Refining the figure

Once the sculptors have determined the general shape of the sculpture, a toothed chisel or claw chisel is used to refine the stone. These tools create parallel lines in the stone to add texture to the figure. During this stage, the rough block of stone has now changed into the general shape of the sculpture.
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4. Adding the details

The sculptor is now ready to carry out detailed work to develop a more refined form of the sculpture. Tools such as rasps and rifflers are then used to enhance the shape into its final form. These tools finely create details such as frills or folds of clothing or locks of hair.
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5. Polishing

This is the last step in marble sculpting in which the sculptor uses materials such as sandpaper to bring out a natural sheen to the sculpture. The sandpaper is rubbed against the surface to make it smoother and flawless. Sometimes, tin oxide is also used to make the sculpture appear glossy and more translucent.
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Marble sculptures are highly durable and can last for many decades if maintained and taken care of properly. They are also extremely weather-resistant and therefore, can be kept outdoors or indoors. The exquisite beauty of marble statues elevates the aura of the space and emanates positivity all around.
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