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Bronze Dancing Shiva as Nataraja 60"
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    Bronze Dancing Shiva as Nataraja 60"

    Item # 51b131

    Price: $18500

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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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    Antique Meenakshi Statue - 8.17.2014

    I have been looking at this statue for years, and knew deep down that I wanted to add it to my collection of other Lotus Sculpture statues. This antique statue is unique (estimated to be between 50 and 200 years old) and was offered to me at such a special discount that I felt overwhelmed when I opened the box, carefully packaged by Kyle and his team. When I looked at Goddess Meenakshi I smiled, because her nose is slightly crooked just like mine! I knew immediately that I am part of her and she is part of me. She is now sitting proudly on a dresser beside another antique statue of Shiva. Their respective heights are perfect. The love couple is complete! Thanks to Lotus Sculpture and Kyle Tortora for his generosity and for giving me this one chance opportunity to be connected to what is close to my heart. May Lotus Sculpture be prosperous!

    Reviewer:Jenny Wolkowicki (Roselle Park, NJ, US)

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    Thank you! - 8.12.2014

    In all of my interactions with the owner of Lotus Sculpture, I experienced respectful communication, clear organization and overall excellent customer service. Thank you. I love the piece I bought from you.

    Reviewer:Amy Nosek (Bowen Island, British Columbia, CA)

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    Backyard Beauties - 8.9.2014

    Kyle with Lotus Sculpture, worked with us to find the best situation for our new swimming pool. We purchased two beautiful Buddha Heads that now stand on our pool columns overlooking the pool. Beautiful!!! We'll continue to shop here for more special Buddha's.

    Reviewer:David A. Kress (Chandler, AZ, US)

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    Nataraja - 8.4.2014

    LOVE IT. I can feel the energy of it. VERY BEAUTIFUL! Thank you! Namaste, Fabienne

    Reviewer:Fabienne Diaz (Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US)
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    • Materials: Lost Wax Method South Indian Antique Bronze
    • Total Height Including Base: 60 inches
    • Widest Point: 46 inches
    • Base Width & Depth: 19 x 14 inches
    • Weight: 340 pounds
    • A stunning sculpture of Nataraja the Lord of Dance with a disarming antique green patina
    • Nataraja is the Creator & Destroyer of the Universe, an iconic pose of Shiva
    • This Nataraja is a perfect example of a classical, Chola antique Nataraj you would find in a museum. A masterpiece!
    • Nataraja is a hand made, one of a kind, bronze sculpture cast by the artists of South India using the lost wax process, a skill passed on for generations since the Chola period. There is only one Nataraj like this ever made!
    • Nataraja ships to you directly from our California gallery

    Description

    The classic design of the Nataraja is taken from an antique Nataraja of the Tanjore Museum commissioned by the Chola kings.  The antique green patina is magnificent!  A perfect replica in every way of the classic Nataraj pose.  The sheer enormity of this sculpture is amazing. Shiva balances, light as a feather, on the knife holding dwarf demon, Apasmara.  Apasmara represents the ignorance in the world.  The Nataraja dances within a fiery circle or prabha.  The prabha represents the glow of the sun, the moon, the stars, everything that is in motion in the cosmos.

    During Shiva's violent destructive dance, the locks of his hair stand out in dreadlocked strands as he whirls around in his dancing frenzy. Shiva's unkempt hair, a symbol of a rejection of society, shows him to be an ascetic.  This contrasts with his role as a grhastha, or householder, with his wife and family. His locks are decked with a cobra and the Goddess of the river Ganges, Ganga. The river Ganges that flows in Nataraja's hair originally flowed in heaven. When the heavenly Ganges was needed on earth, she was unwilling to fall to earth because she realized that her fall from heaven would be too much for the earth to withstand. Shiva as Nataraja agreed to break the violent power of the sacred Ganga's fall by catching her in his tangled hair, breaking the fall with his hair on its way to the Himalayas and Northern India.

    Nataraja wears a beautiful cobra snake coiled around his upper right arm and in His hair 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 souls transmigration of bodies from one life to another.

    He holds a drum or dhamru.  The drum represents the rhythmic sound to which Nataraja dances and ceaselessly recreates the universe.  The front right hand is in the abhaya-mudra (the "fear not" gesture, made by holding the palm outward with fingers pointing up). The back left hand carries Agni (fire) in a vessel or in his hand. The flames represent the destructive energy with which Nataraja dances at the end of each cosmic age, cleansing sins and removing illusion.  The front left hand is across the chest in the gahahasta (elephant trunk) pose, with the wrist limp and the fingers pointed downward toward the uplifted foot. His uplifted left foot, grants eternal bliss to those who approach him.

    His handsome face has a slight, impersonal smile as if he smile is directed inward rather than out into the world.  Between his two eyes on His brow is His 3rd eye which when he opens it emits a powerful beam destroying what is in its path.  He wears two different earrings.  The earring on Shiva's left is a hoop earring and is worn by men and the earring with a yali on Shiva's right is typically for by a woman.  This demonstrates Shiva's respect for women as well as his love for His wife, Parvati.

    The crown on Shiva's head is decorated with a host of cranes feathers spread out like a fan.  Within his hair are a skull, cobra and a crescent moon.  The crescent moon in his matted hair keeps Kama, the god of nightly love, alive. Through the waxing and the waning of the moon Shiva creates different seasons and rejuvenates life.

    No detail was spared from the sculpture. Shiva's ornaments covering his body are all individually carved with no ring or bracelet missing from the sculpture.

    About Nataraja

    "Because You love the Burning -ground, I have made a Burning-ground of my heart - That You, Dark One, hunter of the Burning-ground, May dance Your eternal dance."
    ~ Bengali Hymn~

    The significance of the Nataraja sculpture is said to be that Shiva is shown as the source of all movement within the cosmos, represented by the arch of flames. The purpose of the dance is to release men from illusion of the idea of the "self" and of the physical world. The cosmic dance was performed in Chidambaram in South India, called the center of the universe by some Hindus. The gestures of the dance represent Shiva's five activities, creation (symbolized by the drum), protection (by the "fear not" hand gesture), destruction (by the fire), embodiment (by the foot planted on the ground), and release (by the foot held aloft).

    The Symbolism Behind the Nataraja Pose:

    The Nataraja dances within the universe. The locks of his hair stand out in many strands as he whirls around in his dancing frenzy. His locks are decked with a crescent moon, a skull, and are interspersed with the sacred river Ganges.

    Shiva's unkempt hair, a symbol of a rejection of society, shows him to be an ascetic. This contrasts with his role as a grhastha, or householder, with his wife and family.

    The fiery ring surrounding Shiva, prahabhamandala, represents the universe ignorance and pain. The outer edge is fire the inner edge the waters of the oceans. Many Nataraja statues have multiple levels of fire and water. The crescent moon in his matted hair keeps Kama, the god of nightly love, alive. Through the waxing and the waning of the moon Shiva creates different seasons and rejuvenates life. The goddess of the Ganges nests in Shiva's dreadlocks. The river Ganges that flows in Nataraja's hair originally flowed in heaven. When the heavenly Ganges was needed on earth, she was unwilling to fall to earth because she realized that her fall from heaven would be too much for the earth to withstand. Shiva as Nataraja agreed to break the violent power of the sacred Ganga's fall by catching her in his tangled hair, breaking the fall with his hair on its way to the Himalayas and Northern India.

    Nataraja 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 souls' transmigration of bodies from one life to another.

    In the back right hand Shiva holds an hour glass shaped drum or damaru. The drum represents the rhythmic sound to which Nataraja dances and ceaselessly recreates the universe. The front right hand is in the abhaya-mudra (the "fear not" gesture, made by holding the palm outward with fingers pointing up).

    The back left hand carries agni (fire) in a vessel or in his hand. The flames represent the destructive energy with which Nataraja dances at the end of each cosmic age, cleansing sins and removing illusion. The front left hand is across the chest in the gahahasta (elephant trunk) pose, with the wrist limp and the fingers pointed downward toward the uplifted foot.

    Shiva's raised left foot, grants eternal bliss to those who approach him. The other foot treads firmly upon the dwarf of ignorance, allowing the birth of knowledge. Nataraja dances above the body of the demon, Apasmara, whom he has killed; in this role he is called Natesa. Apasmara, the dwarf demon, represents the ignorance of teaching that all opposites (for example good and evil) are false.

    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 Oceanside, California store and ready for immediate packing. Shipping is calculated from Oceanside, California after the purchase. This piece is too heavy to ship via UPS ground and will be shipped using R&L Freight Carriers. 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. 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 Oceanside, California store and ready for immediate packing. Shipping is calculated from Oceanside, California 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.