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Beautiful Reclining Ardhanari Statue 20"
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    Beautiful Reclining Ardhanari Statue 20" Item # 57b100

    Price: $2700

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    museum piece - 1.24.2015

    kyle, I have been looking at nataraja for a long time and then I found lotus sculpture. you always had the best pieces available but I am very picky. you are the best to work with and the statue arrived very quickly. it is beautiful and I can't stop looking at it. I feel like this is a true museum piece. thank you and I hope to order again soon! bill

    Reviewer:william kreilick (lambertville, new jersey, US)

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    Lotus Sculpture adds to the beauty of life! - 1.22.2015

    Lotus Sculpture has the most beautiful statues in the world. There is definitely a chemistry between the statues, the team at Lotus Sculpture and the purchaser. Receiving our Umbrella Ganesh was memorable. Our dream of having this statue was fulfilled. Kyle offered such a great price for it. A truly beautiful piece by the amazingly talented artists of India, who sculpted him. It's a labor of love. I am convinced that Kyle Tortora was divinely chosen to spread the love that each statue brings to its owners. We named Umbrella Ganesh Mr. G. after our station weatherman. Lord Ganesh will keep an eye on the weather for all of us! Thanks Lotus Sculpture! You add to the beauty of life! Steven Olsen and Jenny Wolkowicki New Jersey

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

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    The rating scale should go to 11...! - 1.20.2015

    I cant rave enough about the customer service and stunning quality of the artwork. Kyle packed up my statue with the utmost of care and it arrived promptly and in perfect condition. My home feels complete with Buddha in my living room and has created the ultimate space for meditating. Thanks so much for providing this inspiring art !

    Reviewer:Matt Gorham (Gilbert, AZ, US)

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    Alms Buddha (Indonesian Lava Stone, Hand Carved in Bali, 42") - 12.31.2014

    It just arrived this afternoon on New Year's Eve to our home in Louisiana and mere words cannot say how happy and thrilled we are! The statue shows true artistry and will be perfect in the Meditation Garden we plan to put in our backyard in 2015. It was very well packed and crated and looks beautiful! Thank you so very much for your time and consideration! Kimberly and I wish you and yours all the best in 2015! Sincerely, John John Warrington

    Reviewer:John Warrington (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US)

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    My daughter loved her Buddha, best Christmas gift! - 12.26.2014

    I bought the garden Buddha for my daughter for Christmas. It is a beautiful sculpture. The entire process of ordering from the web site, which was a great web site, and receiving the sculptures in plenty of time for Christmas morning was perfect. It was truly a great gift to give her and she absolutely loved it. Forget the newest technology, a serene and beautiful sculpture is a wonderful way to gift someone you love.

    Reviewer:Mary Beth Seely (Parkton, Maryland, US)

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    GANESHA ARRIVED SAFELY! - 12.22.2014

    Wonderful transaction! The statue is better than the photo suggested. I am also looking for a 13-15 inch Dancing Shiva, but have had no such luck. Help me?

    Reviewer:RICARDO SALINAS (PETALUMA, CA, US)

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    Happy Buddha Very Happy Wife - 12.21.2014

    Kyle, Thanks so much for your great website and providing such wonderful statues. The Happy Buddha I ordered exceeded expectations in all ways--exceptional quality and craftsmanship. And best of all my wife loves it! Cheers! Jim

    Reviewer:Jim Anderson (Glendale, ca, US)

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    Tmeless sculptures - 12.4.2014

    I had ordered the andal and I was worried how the details would be as to the features. I absolutely loved it and it has the ancient looks of Indian sculptures and the features were sharp. The item arrived in couple of days and I was thrilled. I collect antiques and Indian artifacts and I am sure I will be a frequent customer at your store. I think I have found my "go to " shop for Indian relics. Thank you so much Savitha

    Reviewer:Savitha (Saratoga, California, US)

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    great buy, as described - 12.3.2014

    beautiful Shiva lingam statue. thank you.

    Reviewer:amit (Porter, Texas, US)
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    • Materials: Lost Wax Method South Indian Bronze
    • Total Height Including Base: 14 inches
    • Base Width & Depth: 20 x 9 inches
    • Weight: 67 pounds
    • True Indian artistry at work!
    • Relaxed reclining posture
    • Beautiful green patina accents
    • Notice the detailing around the face

    Description

    This sculpture of Ardhanari was one of two special bronzes made by our marble artist, Balan.  Balan is known for always introducing new styles and ideas into his marble sculpture.  Here he does that same in bronze.  He calls his style "masala" which typically refers to cooking where you add every different type of spice imaginable to a particular dish.  Masala in sculpture is achieved by taking many different styles and combining them into a new creation.  You never get the typical Chola, South Indian style in any of his work. 
    In this piece Ardhanari is reclining.  Reclining is not a typical posture for Ardanhari to be in.  Usually he/she is standing.  The face is beautiful!  It captures the androgynous look that you should see in a person who is both half man and half woman.  The facial features are broad and almost gandhara, greco-roman rather than typical Chola features.  The hips of hips of Ardharanri are also different sizes with the Parvati side having a fuller, childbearing hip while the Shiva side is more slender like a man's hip.  Typically both hips are very full and feminine.  The lotus, trident, cobra and crescent moon are all very large and prevalent in the sculpture.  Typically all these accessories are smaller.  The head dress also has a bun of hair propped up to the side.  This is typical of many Lord Krishna sculptures rather than Shiva.  This is truly a unique and remarkable sculpture!

    Lost Wax Method:
      This sculpture is a one of a kind, lost wax method bronze statue hand made by the artists of South India.  The sculpture pictured is the only sculpture Lotus Sculpture has like this in our store.  When you order this piece you will receive this exact sculpture.  It is truly one of a kind as there is only one made exactly like this!  Each bronze is hand made by a group of bronze artists whose families have been crafting bronze sculptures for centuries with the art being passed on by each generation.  The hand crafted bronzes statues have an incredible amount of detail which many other mass produced, brass Hindu statues lack.  Lost Wax South Indian bronze statues are the only sculptures used by Hindu temples throughout India and the world.  Click here to learn more about the Lost Wax Method.

    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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] for a shipping quote.