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Nataraj Dancing Brass Statue - 4" Height (BST198)Nataraj Dancing Brass Statue - 4" Height
Solid Brass with Antique Honey finish.
Nataraja or Nataraj, the dancing form of Lord Shiva, is a symbolic synthesis of the most important aspects of Hinduism, and the summary of the central tenets of this Vedic religion. The term 'Nataraj' means 'King of Dancers.'
THE ORIGIN OF THE NATARAJ FORM
An extraordinary iconographic representation of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India, it was developed in southern India by 9th and 10th-century artists during the Chola period (880-1279 CE) in a series of beautiful bronze sculptures. By the 12th century AD, it achieved canonical stature and soon the Chola Nataraja became the supreme statement of Hindu art.
THE VITAL FORM & SYMBOLISM
In a marvelously unified and dynamic composition expressing the rhythm and harmony of life, Nataraj is shown with four hands represent the cardinal directions. He is dancing, with his left foot elegantly raised and the right foot on a prostrate figure - 'Apasmara Purusha', the personification of illusion and ignorance over whom Shiva triumphs. The upper left hand holds a flame, the lower left-hand points down to the dwarf, who is shown holding a cobra. The upper right-hand holds an hourglass drum or 'dumroo' that stands for the male-female vital principle, the lower shows the gesture of assertion: "Be without fear."
Snakes that stand for egotism, are seen uncoiling from his arms, legs, and hair, which is braided and bejeweled. His matted locks are whirling as he dances within an arch of flames representing the endless cycle of birth and death. On his head is a skull, which symbolizes his conquest over death. Goddess Ganga, the epitome of the holy river Ganges, also sits on his hairdo.
His third eye is symbolic of his omniscience, insight, and enlightenment. The whole idol rests on a lotus pedestal, the symbol of the creative forces of the universe.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SHIVA'S DANCE
This cosmic dance of Shiva is called 'Anandatandava,' meaning the Dance of Bliss, and symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, as well as the daily rhythm of birth and death. The dance is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy - creation, destruction, preservation, salvation, and illusion. According to Coomerswamy, the dance of Shiva also represents his five activities: 'Shrishti' (creation, evolution); 'Sthiti' (preservation, support); 'Samhara' (destruction, evolution); 'Tirobhava' (illusion); and 'Anugraha' (release, emancipation, grace).
The overall temper of the image is paradoxical, uniting the inner tranquility, and outside activity of Shiva.
Elephant Standing Trunk Up With Stones (BST185)Elephant Standing Trunk Up With Stones - 4.25"W, 3.25"H
The elephant is considered to be a symbol of good luck in many cultures.
- Made from Solid Brass
- Size: 3.25" high x 4.25" wide
- Weight: 1.3 pound approx.
- Handmade in India
A perfect piece for altar or use as a home decor.
Brass Om Symbol On Round Base (BST25)Brass Om Symbol On Round Base - 5.5"height
Om - The Sacred sound of Universe. It is said to be the original sound that contains all other sounds, all words, all languages and all mantras.
- Made from Brass
- Size: 5.5" height
- Weight: 0.2 pound approximately
- Handmade in India
- A perfect piece for an altar or use as a home decor.
Lord Ganesh Brass Statue (BST318)Lord Ganesh Brass Statue - 2" height
Ganesh, The God of Progress, Remover of Obstacles. The elephant-headed deity, son of Shiva and Parvati.
Made from Solid Brass,Size: 2" high,Weight: 3.5 oz. approximatelyHandmade in IndiaA perfect piece for an altar or use as a home decor