Tinted with the hues of the horizon on his lithesome body and adorned with ornaments that put Indra's wealth to shame, the roopa of Krishna as Murli-Manohara or Venu-Gopala is the source of supreme bliss for his devotees. In this large wooden statue, the iconography of fluting Krishna has been transported from the brackets of South Indian temples, into sturdy wood thanks to the skill of the Indian artisans. Krishna stands on a beautifully embellished platform, haloed by an imposing Kirtimukha aureole which is supported by a pair of Yali pillars. Krishna appears in his Narayana roopa (four-armed), which according to the legends he took to take the test of the Gopis, who refused to identify the divine four-armed Krishna and asked him to bring their youthful, charming Sakha back to them.
How to care for Wood Statues?
Wood is extensively used in sculpting especially in countries like China, Germany, and Japan. One feature that makes the wood extremely suitable for making statues and sculptures is that it is light and can take very fine detail. It is easier for artists to work with wood than with other materials such as metal or stone. Both hardwoods, as well as softwood, are used for making sculptures. Wood is mainly used for indoor sculptures because it is not as durable as stone. Changes in weather cause wooden sculptures to split or be attacked by insects or fungus. The principal woods for making sculptures and statues are cedar, pine, walnut, oak, and mahogany. The most common technique that sculptors use to make sculptures out of wood is carving with a chisel and a mallet. Since wooden statues are prone to damage, fire, and rot, they require proper care and maintenance.
It is extremely important to preserve and protect wooden sculptures with proper care. A little carelessness and negligence can lead to their decay, resulting in losing all their beauty and strength. Therefore, a regular clean-up of the sculptures is a must to prolong their age and to maintain their shine and luster.
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