Ardhanarishvara is a composite Hindu deity. It is unlike anything found in the theism of other cultures and encapsulates one of the basic existential principles of Sankhyadarshana (Indian philosophy). According to the Sankhyakarika (the primary Sankhyadarshana text), all of srshti (creative projection) as we know it (drshyam) is a result of the confluence of purusha and prakrti, of the masculine/energy principle and the feminine/matter principle, of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. Herein lies the singular nature of Ardhanarishvara.
This superfine marble sculpture captures the beauty of Ardhanrishvara with great finesse and skill. The iconography has been done with a great deal to precision and attention to detail - the congruence of their adornments, the symmetry of composure and hair, the signature karnakundalas. Such a murti would be a valuable and unusual addition to the space of any devotee.
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.
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.
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