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Bronze Shiva Dancing on Nandi 37.5"
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    Bronze Shiva Dancing on Nandi 37.5" Item # 5b2

    Price: $12900

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    Awesome - 3.1.2015

    I love the Nataraja . LOOKING FOR DIFFERENT POSE STATUES OF LORD SHIVA .Please let me know.

    Reviewer:Manjula (Ellicott City, MD, US)

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    the mouse is great says my daughter in little rock Arkansas for whom it was a birthday present. 4 stars instead of 5 because it did not arrive on the 24 feb as expected but on the 26. probably due to the bad weather in Arkansas, but still it was a bit of a disappointment. but I certainly will trade with you again! thanks jane

    Reviewer:jane wolfe (woodstock, Vermont, US)

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    love my statue - 2.20.2015

    I found exactly what I was looking for on your website, service was prompt, and shipping was excellent--no damages to the piece. Thank you!

    Reviewer:Lesley (, , US)

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    Best Experience - 2.20.2015

    I really appreciate Mr. Kyle Tortora for answering my every question in detail in emails and also on the phone before I bought the sculptures. I ordered a matching pair of Nataraja and Sivakami Amman bronze sculptures. I got what I expected from the photos that are shown in the web-site. I will send a photo of how I display the sculptures in my Hindu home shrine once I have completed the construction of the shrine in the next six months. Thank you so much for your wonderful services. God bless you always.

    Reviewer:Dr. Nigel S. Siva (, , US)

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    Happy Buddha - 2.17.2015

    excellent website / excellent customer service / excellent packing and fast delivery / very good shipping price / excellent quality of the wood work I'm a very happy customer !!!!

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    Ganesh statue - 2.17.2015

    We are very happy with our Ganesh Statue, he is beautiful and so much character. We also have a nice laughing Buddha statue. I was very impressed by how fast they were shipped, and very nicely packaged, to our home.

    Reviewer:pk (fresno, ca, US)

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    Wonder statue and service. - 2.14.2015

    I received my statue in a timely manner and in excellent condition. It was more beautiful than the picture of it on the site and it is the perfect size for my small collection. The experience over all was wonderful as well. The statue was reasonably priced and represented exactly as it is. Thanks!

    Reviewer:Kenneth Brown (Columbus, Ohio, US)

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    Wonderful Aesthetic And Spiritual Treasures - 2.12.2015

    We couldn't' be more pleased with the 36" Vishnu and 10" Ganesh we ordered from Lotus Sculpture. Each piece arrived perfectly and safely packaged and what a delight to open each of these packages and see the wonders they held. These sculptures are so beautifully and artfully crafted. I know we will continue to discover more and more of the intricate details, as Vishnu's power and Ganesh's sense of humor become more and more visible. We will always cherish what these sculptures have done to enhance our new home, both aesthetically and spiritually. Thank you, Carol Younghans and Ray Hockedy

    Reviewer:Carol Younghans (Denver, Colorado, US)

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    Excellent customer service, great produce! - 2.9.2015

    I had been looking for a Ho-Tei (Chinese "Laughing Buddha") sculpture and was having very little luck. Somehow I ran across Lotus Sculpture in an internet search and found what I was looking for. The price and shipping costs were quite reasonable, and a phone message left on their customer phone line was answered same day by one of the owners. My wife loves her Ho-Tei sculpture, thanks!!

    Reviewer:john (Sacramento, California, US)
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    • Materials: Lost Wax Method Ice brass, Polished Bronze, Pewter, Bronze, & Copper
    • Total Height Including Base: 37.5 inches
    • Base Width & Depth: 22.5 x 13 inches
    • Weight: 175 pounds
    • True Indian artistry at work! Look at the detailing!
    • Each metal is cast seperately making for an extremely difficult and techinical casting
    • The 4 dfferent colored metals gives makes for a striking sculpture!
    • Shiva 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
    • FREE Shipping!  Freight shipping for Shiva is free inside the USA.  International customers will receive $150 off international shipping.  Please allow 1-2 days for packing

    Description

    The dancing Shiva is a copy of a piece from Bengal, Pala Dynasty (8th-12th century), now in the Amritaghatesvara Temple, Melaikadambur, Built for Kulottunga in 1110AD.

    This magnificent Shiva sculpture is a copy of an old Pala period antique.  The sheer energy of the statue is obvious with Shiva so joyous that he is smiling as he dances upon Nandi.  Even Nandi is smiling as he peers up to His friend.  The ten attendants, who include two versions of Nandi in Human form, Nandikeshvar, Ganesh, Vishnu and Parvati are dancing in ecstasy below with their arms raised in the air in sheer bliss.  To be in the presence of Lord Shiva is an obviously a very powerful and exciting experience which is fully conveyed in this amazing statue!

    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 the origin of which saint Sundarar attributes to Uma's playful action in the following poem:

    One the Mountain Girl was playing:
    happily,
    as a game,
    she covered his eyes with her hands.
    At once thick darkness swallowed the world.
    To dispel that darkness, the supreme god
    created in joy
    the single eye on his forehead.

    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.

    Shiva has ten arms spread out around him holding clockwise starting at His right hand, a three headed cobra, a small staff, a crescent moon trident, sword, shield, crescent moon trident, skull bowl and cobra.  His right front arm is held out in the gahasta or elephant trunk pose with his wrist limp and fingers pointed downward.  Above his head are two flying attendants holding a loop of rope.  To Shiva's right is the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, seated on her Vahana the owl.  The arch itself is an amazing piece of work with beautiful carved designs and 42 small flames burning on the side and one large flame pointing towards the heavens.

    The entire piece is made from separate castings of three separate metals, pure copper, German silver or pewter and ice brass.  Each piece of the sculpture was cast separately and combined to make one heavenly sculpture!  Shiva is cast from copper and Nandi is cast from German silver or pewter.  The arch behind Shiva is made from ice brass.  The two flying attendants above Shiva are made from German silver.  Lakshmi seated on Her Vahana the owl to the right of Shiva is made from German silver.  The base is cast from copper.  The four attendants on the right side of Shiva on the base, Ganesh, Vishnu, Nandikeshvar and a gana, are all cast from copper.  The six figures on the left side of the base include 5 Shaivite saints along with Parvati and Nandikeshvar are cast from German silver, ice brass and copper.

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