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Nataraja Statue - 12.2.2013
The purchasing experience was very pleasant. It was very easy to place the order for the idol. I was even able to change my order at the last minute.
The Nataraja statue arrived very well packaged. The idol is very beautifully crafted, and is an excellent piece of craftmanship.
Reviewer:Ravi Lakshmanan (Shrewsbury, MA, US)
Buddha garden statue - 11.24.2013
I had a very positive shopping experience with lotus sculpture, Kyle was very helpful and always responded to all of my questions and queries quickly.
Reviewer:Sarah (Kings Beach, CA, US)
Awesome - 11.18.2013
My item was shipped promptly, and intact and I mostly like, Very highly likely to be purchasing from them for now on.
Reviewer:Moore Marie (Seaman, Ohio, US)
Shiva in the House! - 11.17.2013
This beautiful Nataraja was an impulse buy, and it arrived at my front door after a few days delay to retrieve it from it's temporary home at the Depak Chopra Center for Wellness, which only added to it's beauty. I did have to spend a day polishing the floors to give it a worthy room. I shipped art from India in the past and I was very glad to be able to have such quality art without the expense of going to India to find it myself. Thank You Lotus.
Reviewer:Amelia Neffati (Bolinas, CA, US)
Magnificent statue - 10.28.2013
We received our beautifully carved statue of the Buddha rapidly and efficiently. We're delighted with him and recommend Lotus Sculpture to anyone who wants a true work of art.
Reviewer:Alison Tinsley (Sonoma, CA, US)
Excellent - 10.24.2013
All around great will be buying again.
Reviewer:Ed (Palm Harbor, fl, US)
Most excellent - 10.16.2013
I received the item I ordered, a beautiful wall Naga Kanya, well within the shipping parameters and she was in perfect condition. Really one of the nicest statues of any Hindu/Buddhist for its price that I've ever found. Well done!!
Reviewer:Carol Matthews (Kingston, NY, US)
Top product and flawless service - 10.9.2013
The experience dealing with Lotus Sculpture was flawless from start to finish. When my Shiva arrived and I unpacked it, it literally took my breath away. Such a quality piece. I can highly recommend them if you are in the market for a unique piece of art.
Reviewer:Charles Cook (Pasadena, CA, US)
Stunning Buddha, Stunning Service - 10.8.2013
From my very first interaction with Lotus Sculpture through the delivery of my beautiful Buddha, each person I have interacted with has been exceptional. And, my Buddha garden statue is lovely. I look forward to purchasing from Kyle again. Thanks so much. Shane
Shiva silently meditates atop his home, Mount Kalisa
The meditating Shiva sculpture is part of a series done by the artists of the Bronze Creative depicting the divine trinity of Hinduism; Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma meditating with their wives, Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswati
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
Shiva ships the same day from our California showroom
The meditating Shiva sculpture is part of a series done by the artists of the Bronze Creative depicting the divine trinity of Hinduism; Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma meditating with their wives, Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Shiva is captured in this sculpture in silent meditation upon mount Kalisa. Shiva is known for renouncing the world and often going into deep meditation for thousands of years in his snowy mountain domain. Shiva's front two hands are clasp in front of him in the dhayana mudra or meditation hand position. In his other two hands he holds a deer and an axe. Shiva's wife is Parvati. Parvati won the heart of Shiva by being as devoted to meditation as Shiva. The mountain below Shiva is a unique aspect of this piece. It departs from the classic double lotus base and instead uses a mountain as the base for Shiva's meditation. The mountain base and the statue of meditating Shiva were cast individually and are two separate pieces.
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.
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@example.com or call us at 1(760) 994-4455.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a shipping quote.
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@example.com for a shipping quote.
Shipping quote for Bronze Meditating Shiva Statue 23"
This statue weighs too much to be shipped using UPS or any of our international carriers and will have to be shipped by a freight carrier. We will get you a freight shipping quote for this statue. Or you can call us directly at 1 (760) 994-4455.
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