Shiva Wearing Turban (Chola Style) - I

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Material: Bronze (Lost Wax)
Size: 2.75" (L) x 2.75" (W) x 8" (H)
Finish: Antique Finish


This piece is inspired by a sculpture from the Chola period. The Cholas were known to be patrons of the arts, and the lost wax technique of casting metal sculptures thrived under their rule. Till date, 'Chola bronzes' are some of the most valued Indian pieces of art, internationally.
In the original sculpture, Shiva is leaning against Nandi (his vahana), which stood under his right arm. In newer sculptures inspired by the original, while Shiva's hand is still seen in the leaning position, he is depicted without Nandi. He is wearing a turban made of intertwining cobras. This sculpture is made using the lost wax technique.
  • 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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