Hanuman Holding Mountain

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Details

Material: Bronze (Lost Wax)
Size: 2.5" (L) x 2.5" (W) x 7" (H)
Finish: Antique Finish

Description

Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Lord Rama and one of the central characters in the Hindu epic Ramayana. Legend has it that while Rama was fighting the battle in Lanka, his brother, Lakshman got fatally wounded, and could only be saved with a herb that grew on a Himalayan mountain. Hanuman, who has a monkey-face, was sent to get the herb, but he couldn't determine which herb to carry back from the many that grew on the mountain. So, he grew in size, ripped the moutain from the Earth, and flew back with it to the battleground. This sculpture depicts Hanuman carrying the mountain in his left hand. The sculpture, made using the lost wax technique, has been given an antique green finish.
  • ABOUT Lost Wax Bronze Sculptures

    The Lost Wax Process, also called cire-perdue, is a method of metal casting in which hot metal is poured into a wax model, which is lost during the process. The process is used to make highly detailed bronze sculptures.

    In the olden days, the castings were often made in copper, but bronze quickly became the preferred material for statuary, as it is stronger and more tensile. This method of sculpting involves creating a solid wax model of the figure, and then wrapping it in a clay mould. The model is then heated to melt the wax and harden the clay. Molten metal is poured into the inverted clay mould, and upon cooling, the clay mould is broken to reveal a solid sculpture.

    Sculptures made using this method are one of a kind, since the mould must be broken to take the statue out. A sculptor typically spends several weeks to months working on one piece, thereby making such sculptures harder to come by, and very special. The very fine detailing and the intricacy of the work adds to the beauty of each piece.

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