Tandava Shiva

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Material: Bronze (Lost Wax)
Size: 5.75" (L) x 6" (W) x 12.5" (H)
Finish: Antique Finish


This exquisite sculpture depicts Lord Shiva doing the wild, and divine Tandava dance. There are 108 karanas (a combination of hand gestures and feet to form a dance posture) in Tandava. In this particular posture, Shiva is holding agni (fire) and a damroo (drum) in two of his hands. His head is held back, and the right leg kicks back very high. Two of his four arms are stretched out. The entire posture depicts action and power. This beautiful piece 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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