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Shiva Nataraja Rare Bronze Masterpiece – 8 Feet

Product Code: MA-0000255 Category: Chola Bronze

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Description: This is such perfect bronze sculpture of Nataraja – the King of Dancers, that it ...Read more
  • Shiva
  • 1000.00 Kgs
  • 96.00 inches
  • 72.00 inches
  • 25.00 inches
  • Bronze
  • India
  • Madhuchishtavidhana

- The weight mentioned is approximate as this is a large statue involving much artistic effort and artists didn’t weigh the statue after creation. However the weight is estimated in relation to the size of the sculpture by  their creator artists who are very experienced so the mentioned weight is close to actual.

- This statue is of significant size so it is created hollow. It already weighs much and if it were created solid that would have not only increased the weight of the sculpture unnecessarily but it also would be much cumbersome to move the sculpture.

Description

This is such perfect bronze sculpture of Nataraja – the King of Dancers, that it would be hard to find another that equals this one in original iconography, perfection of form and creative expertise.

Right from the Kirtimukha on top till the Apasmara pressed under Shiva’s foot this statue is a marvel in bronze sculpturing.

Shiva’s Nataraja pose stands as one of the finest creations of the sculptors of Chola dynasty.

This graceful form of Shiva is infused with such artistic grace that it has come to represent all in Indian art, dance and music. It possesses fluidity and flow of dance, purity of music and beauty of art. Besides the form of Nataraja also has great philosophical value. It amply highlights Ishvara (god) as not only a divine truth but a dynamic controller of the universe who stands eternally victorious over Apasmara (ignorance personified).

Nataraja sculpture depicts Shiva’s energetic Tandava dance. Shiva is seen a handsome youth with perfectly balanced stout, fluid limbs. He wears his hair as a crown, studded with stork feathers, Dhatura flower, kapaala (skull) and crescent moon. His free-flowing hairs bear Ganga depicted as a mermaid on the right side and a snake on the left.

The male and female earrings in his right and left ears respectively, symbolize Shiva’s completeness.

He holds Damaru (hourglass drum) in his upper right hand and Agnishikha (flame) in left. His lower right hand is gestured in Abhaya Mudra (assurance or granting fearlessness) and left hand dangles down, relaxed gracefully in Gajahasta Mudra.

He dances with his right foot on apasmara, thereby pinning him firmly who looks at the majesty of Shiva’s form in bewilderment and awe. Shiva’s left foot is raised.
His upper-cloth tied around his torso is shown flowing to his left and a snake slithers outward from his right side.

Notice the perfect shape of hands; fingers adorned with rings and strong, shapely legs of Nataraja.

Nataraja stands on apasmara - armed with dagger and snake – who was created to consume him but Shiva subdued him, threw him down and pinned him with his right foot forever.

The form of Nataraja is centred in a circle of flames with a Kirtimukha ((a demon who Shiva blessed with a place higher than any deity after he consumed his own body when asked so by Shiva) on top.

The sculpture rests on a beautiful, double pedestal of lotus and square.

This large, solid statue of Nataraja is ideal for temples, art houses or even residential lobbies and offices where it should be installed duly keeping in view the sacredness of Shiva’s form.

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