Aadyanta Prabhu (Half Ganesha Half Hanuman)

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Details

Material: Bronze (Lost Wax)
Size: 5" (L) x 5" (W) x 12.5" (H)
Finish: Antique Finish

Description

This special form of Lord Ganesha is called Aadyanta Prabhu, where one half of the deity is Ganesha and the other half is Hanuman. Considered the remover of obstacles, Hindus consider it auspicious to pray to Ganesha at the beginning of anything new. Hence 'aadi' or first. Hanuman, considered an avatar of Lord Shiva, is believed to remain even after creation is destroyed. Hence 'anta' or end. The combination of 'aadi' and 'anta' makes this deity 'Aadyanta Prabhu'. The sculpture, made using the lost wax technique, has Ganesha's trunk and body, and in the left hand, the deity is seen holding Hanuman's mace.
  • 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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