Details of drapery, shringar, and silhouette distinguish the male deity from he female in this composite figure. Compare the jaatmukuta and elongated lobes of Shiva, to the layered crown and gigantic kundalas of Parvati; His sharp jawline and angularly sculpted torso to Her soft contours; His tiger-skin loincloth to Her amply pleated dhoti that grazes Her ankles. The hands of Ardhanarishvara have been positioned such as to convey that He plays the veena whilst She lends Him the notes. The feet rest on a gorgeously sculpted lotus that has been inverted to form a pedestal.
This composition comes in a variety of finish from natural and metallic to ones infused with colours, which has been done to suit wide-ranging spaces and moods. From the point of view of iconography, Ardharishvara stands for the undifferentiated identity of the two entities in question, and for the mutual complementariness of man and woman.
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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