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Androgynous Shiva as Ardhanari 42"
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    Androgynous Shiva as Ardhanari 42" Item # 2bc6

    Price: $7900

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    5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
    Outstanding quality - 10.7.2014

    I have made significant purchases from Lotus Sculpture over the past seven years. What I like the most is the outstanding quality of products and service. I have experienced over this periodof time that all of the vigrahams I received from you have been done with much devotion and they have life embedded within them. Thank you!

    Reviewer:Kumar Ramachandran (Tulsa, Oklahoma, US)

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    Great Experience - 10.5.2014

    This was a wonderful experience overall. Kyle's personal emails kept me up to date on everything that was happening with the sculpture. He worked to find the cheapest shipping option possible (since the statue weighed over 100 pounds and I live on the other side of the country) and it still arrived within a few days. As for the statue, it's absolutely beautiful. You can tell it's of a very high quality and will last a long, long time. I gave it to someone as a special gift and she loves it. I highly recommend Lotus Sculpture to anybody looking for quality Buddhist and Hindu statues. I hope to return in the future!

    Reviewer:David Schmid (Jericho, NY, US)

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    Very Satisfied - 9.28.2014

    the ordering was easy, the shipment was on time and very well packaged. the statue was just what I thought it would look like very satisfied. Thank you very much Lotus

    Reviewer:Rob Hebert (Covington, Louisiana, US)

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    recent purchase - 9.23.2014

    My order was sent quickly and packed nicely. Service was great and I am happy with the service.

    Reviewer:Sistla Krishna (Houston, Texas, US)

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    Fabulous service - 9.16.2014

    When I ordered my Ganesha statue, I didn't expect it to arrive so quickly but BOOM, there he was on my porch in less than a week! It was packed meticulously and with the love that it deserved. He is sitting proudly in my living room now and I couldn't be happier. Thank you!

    Reviewer:Monica (Kalamazoo, Michigan, US)

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    perfect - 9.15.2014

    Buddha as presented. Packed well. Shipped quickly. How could I not be pleased? We are most happy with this purchase!

    Reviewer:L. Mattas (Hidden Valley Lake, California, US)

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    great - 9.13.2014

    thanks for all. I apreciate your fast service

    Reviewer:yolanda (aventura, florida, US)

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    Buddha - 9.8.2014

    I cannot say enough positive about my experience in working with Kyle at Lotus Sculpture. I made a purchase of a beautiful Buddha, and it was damaged during shipping. Kyle was so positive and supportive, professional and personable: as unhappy as I am over loosing the beautiful Buddha I had chosen, Kyle worked with me to find another. I am very delighted with my Buddha; the new one has arrived safetly and is even more amazing than Kyle could describe. Every time I have ever contacted Kyle with any question, he has been very quick to respond, and given me good information. My overall experience with Kyle and Lotus Sculpture has been very positive, and I am looking forward to future satisfying events. Thank you, Des.

    Reviewer:Ava Desiree Hutsell (Warwick, RI, US)

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    A Wonderful Experience - 8.25.2014

    Buying these Ganeshas were a dream of mine for so long and I'm glad I did. Kyle was absolutely wonderful to deal and my Ganeshas came rather quickly and beautifully packaged. They are treasures on my altar and already I'm thinking of my next purchase. Thank you Lotus Sculpture for your wonderful service.

    Reviewer:Aman Pillay (Auckland, Auckland, NZ)
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    • Materials: Lost Wax Method South Indian Bronze
    • Total Height Including Base: 42 inches
    • Base Width & Depth: 17 x 16 inches
    • Weight: 155 pounds
    • A perfect casting! The bronze has no natural defects in it. Very rare to have such a wonderful casting.
    • Ardhanari is the synthesis of Shiva and Parvati into one form
    • Shiva on the right hand side and Parvati on the left
    • This Shiva as Ardhanari is a one of a kind, lost wax method, bronze statue. Only one of these statues is ever made

    Description

    Ardhanari is the synthesis of Shiva and Parvati into one androgynous form.  Shiva is the right side with Parvati is the left side.  Shiva is often referred to as being the ideal husband.  He always wears on male and one female earring.  The details are fantastic with each small piece of jewelry, each scale of the cobra being individually carved by a master's hand.  Some unique aspects of this piece are the cobra wrapped around his right leg, the large crescent moon in the head dress (usually it is much smaller and does not stick out of the sculpture but is part of the head dress) and the yali belt design.  A yali is a mythical beast that is the combination of many animals. 

    The casting of this piece is perfect.  There are no small blemishes that are usually associated with a bronze of this size.  Ardhanari has a beautiful deep bronze hue that gives the statue a warm and inviting feel. 

    About Shiva

    Shiva the Destroyer (Sanskrit: Auspicious One), or Siva, is one of the main Deities of Hinduism, worshipped as the paramount lord by the Saivite sects of India. Shiva is one of the most complex gods of India, embodying seemingly contradictory qualities. He is the destroyer and the restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger.
    Shiva was originally known as Rudra, a minor deity addressed only three times in the Rig Veda.  He gained importance after absorbing some of the characteristics of an earlier fertility god and became Shiva, part of the trinity, or trimurti, with Vishnu and Brahma.
    Shiva wears a snake coiled around his upper arms and neck symbolizing the power he has over the most deadly of creatures. Snakes are also used to symbolize the Hindu dogma of reincarnation. Their natural process of molting or shedding their skin is symbolic of the human soul's transmigration of bodies from one life to another.
    Shiva's female consort and wife is Parvati; because of his generosity and reverence towards Parvati, Shiva is considered an ideal role model for a husband. The divine couple together with their sons - the six-headed Skanda and the elephant headed Ganesh - reside on Mount Kailasa in the Himalayas. 
    His guardian is Nandi (the white bull), whose statue can often be seen watching over the main shrine.  The bull is said to embody sexual energy, fertility.  Riding on its back, Shiva is in control of these impulses.
    He often holds a trident, which represents the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu.  It is also said to represent the threefold qualities of nature: creation, preservation and destruction, although preservation is usually attributed to Vishnu.
    As the destroyer, Shiva is dark and terrible, encircled with serpents and a crown of skulls.
    Shiva often wears sacred Rudaksha beads, perhaps a reference to his earlier name Rudra.
    The crescent moon Shiva wears on his crown, besides being a symbol of Kama the goddess of nightly love, also represents the bull, Nandi, a fertility symbol.
    Shiva holds a skull that represents samsara, the cycle of life, death and rebirth.  Samsara is a central belief in Hinduism.  Shiva himself also represents this complete cycle because he is Mahakala, the Lord of Time, destroying and creating all things.
    Shiva is represented in a variety of forms.  One such form is as a lingam.  The ovoid shape is a representation of the absolute perfection of Lord Shiva - if that which is beyond form had to be given form, the lingam would be the closest form to the mystical experience of the absolute perfection of Shiva.   Shiva is often pictured in a pacific mood with his consort Parvati, as the cosmic dancer Nataraja, as a naked ascetic, as a mendicant beggar, as a yogi, and as the androgynous union of Shiva and Parvati in one body (Ardhanarisvara).
    Another example of Shiva's apparent synthesis of male and female attributes is seen in his earrings.  He wears one earring in the style of a man and the other as a female.
    Shiva's third eye is a symbol of higher consciousness.  It is also a weapon he uses to destroy his enemies by emitting a fire missile which has the power to incinerate the three worlds.  He can also kill all the gods and other creatures during the periodic destruction of the universe.  Shiva's third eye first appeared when Parvati, his wife, playfully covered his other two eyes, so Shiva opened his third eye emitting his destructive missile endangering the three worlds.

    Care

    Bronze is an extremely durable metal made from a combination of 5 metals; copper, iron, tin, with minute additions of silver and gold.  This combination is called Panchaloha bronze and is the basis for making the sacred Hindu temple statues of India and the world.  Copper is the most prevalent metal in the alloy.  Copper also gives the metal a softer composition that allows the bronze artisans to carve the details that are prevalent in each piece.    All the South Indian bronze sculpture Lotus Sculpture carries are Panchaloham and thus suited for any home altar or community temple.

    "If you would like the piece to shine use a cotton cloth with some coconut oil or other natural oil to wipe down the bronze statue."

    Because of the durability of the metal not much is needed to maintain a bronze sculpture.  Many of our customers purchase a bronze statue and perform daily puja and abhisheka consisting of bathing the Hindu deity in ghee, milk, coconut milk or other liquids.  In this case nothing is needed to keep the statue clean as it will be bathed daily.  If the sculpture is used for "darshan" or simply viewing the sculpture it is best to dust the statue as needed so no dirt collects in the details of the sculpture. For both polished golden bronzes and antique patina bronze statues if you would like the sculpture to shine use a cotton cloth with some coconut oil or other natural oil to wipe down the piece as needed.

    Many of our bronze Hindu statues have been placed in outdoor temples.  Bronze's durability makes it perfect for cold winters and hot summers of any climate.  We suggest you bathe the sculpture every couple of months so that dirt does not collect on the sculpture and then use a cotton cloth with some natural oil to give the statue a shine.  Both indoors and outdoors a bronze statue can be left alone which, overtime, will give the bronze an antique patina.

    On some bronze statues you can see small hints of lime green, verde-gris patina.  Some people prize this color for its age others want to remove it.  If you would like to remove the verde-gris use a tooth brush with some coconut oil or other natural oil and lightly go over the verde-gris.  This should remove the unwanted patina from the sculpture.

    If you have any questions concerning your bronze statue please email us at info@lotussculpture.com or call us at 1(760) 994-4455.

    Shipping

    USA Shipping

    This sculpture is in our Greenwich, CT warehouse store and ready for immediate packing. Shipping is calculated from Greenwich, CT after the purchase. This piece is too heavy to ship via UPS ground and will be shipped using an international freight service. Typically we use TNT Special Services as they give the most competitive rates. Approximately 3 working days are needed to pack the sculpture in its own custom wood crate. If you place your order online shipping will show in the order as $0. Shipping will be calculated based on the weight of the sculpture and the distance from Oceanside, CA to determine the shipping price. The shipping quote will be emailed to you and no charge will be made without your approval. Shipping will then be added to the total after the order is placed. Please call 760-994-4455 or email us info@lotussculpture.com for a shipping quote.

    International Shipping

    This sculpture is in our Greenwich, CT warehouse store and ready for immediate packing. Shipping is calculated from Greenwich, CT after the purchase. This piece is too heavy to ship via UPS ground and will be shipped using an international freight service. Typically we use TNT Special Services as they give the most competitive rates. Approximately 3 working days are needed to pack the sculpture in its own custom wood crate. If you place your order online shipping will show in the order as $0. Shipping will be calculated based on the weight of the sculpture and the distance from Oceanside, CA to determine the shipping price. The shipping quote will be emailed to you and no charge will be made without your approval. Shipping will then be added to the total after the order is placed. Please call 760-994-4455 or email us info@lotussculpture.com for a shipping quote.