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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)
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)
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 !!!!
Reviewer:Sylvie Riggenbach (Tongarra, NSW, AU)
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)
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)
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.
Carol Younghans and Ray Hockedy
Reviewer:Carol Younghans (Denver, Colorado, US)
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)
problem resolved - 2.8.2015
a problem arose with a statue i'd purchased from Lotus Sculpture, and Kyle took care of it quickly, generously, no questions asked. an exemplary experience.
Reviewer:Ian (Nibbana, NY, US)
hmm... - 2.7.2015
i was going to give this experience a 4-star rating, subtracting one star because there's a small defect in the finish...but then i started looking back and forth from the image here on the website to the statue i received, to determine whether the defect was there before it shipped (the listing said Lotus Sculpture only had one of these statues and so the statue i received would be the very one in the photos), and i noticed that there's actually quite a bit of damage to the finish (though, admittedly, i wouldn't have recognized the biggest defect as a defect at all if i hadn't done this back-and-forth comparison thing).
i'm thinking now that maybe what the listing said wasn't true, and that the statue i received is not the one in the photos. but if that's the case, then the listing was deceptive, which is plenty bad in its own way.
i wonder what actually went on here. since the emails i've sent to Lotus Sculpture in the past have gone unanswered, i guess i'll give them a call. (meh. i much prefer email.)
This beautiful dancing Shiva statue is a copy of the antique Nataraja statues made for the Cholan kings. One can see the original statue in the Tanjor Museum in Tamil Nadu, India. Typical of older style Nataraja sculpture the fiery arch or prabhamandala is oval. The flames on the prahabhamandala are also smaller than is typical for a Nataraja of this size. The figure has perfect balance and proportion, which is absolutely essential to a quality Nataraja sculpture. Shiva's dreadlocked hair is sprayed out from the incredibel amount of force of his spinning dance. In his hair is the Hindu Goddess Ganga and a cobra. The Nataraj captures the old feel of Cholan Nataraja sculpture.
The Symbolism Behind the Snakes Worn by Shiva: 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.
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.
"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.
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.
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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@example.com for a shipping quote.
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