A larger-than-life bronze to grace the home or office of the truly devoted. Fashioned from panchaloha, a mix of five (‘pancha’) different alloys of iron (loha), it depicts the Nataraja roopa (form) of the great Lord Shiva. Caught amidst His powerful, all-annihilating tandava, the stance is one of enchanting grace and harmony. Needless to say, this Shiva iconography has been popular with artisans since the beginning of India’s sculptural tradition.
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Speaking of sculptural tradition, the South is where bronze really flourished as a medium. Panchaloha, of which this murti is made, is one of the finest homegrown bronzes and accounts for the deep, rich brown and the sublime shimmer of the Lord’s naked skin. Replete with remarkable detail - the flaying locks and snakes that frame the tandava figure, the gorgeous prabhavali or aureole - this work is a fine example of the merits of the lost-wax method of bronze sculpting.
Known as madhuchista vidhana in the Agamas, it is a demanding technique that involves the skilled artisan to work with his hands. It accounts for the finesse in each aspect of the figure, such as the digits of the hands and feet, the lifelike undulations of form, and the expressive mukhamandala.
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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