Antique Bronze Standing Radha Sculpture 8"
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Antique Bronze Standing Radha Sculpture 8"

Item #: 5a11

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Statue Details

Materials: Bronze India, Bengal 18th/19th Century
Total Height Including Base: 8 inches or 20 cms
Base Width & Depth: 3 x 3 inches
Weight: 2 pounds or 1 kg
  • This small antique Radha was used in remote village settings for worship and for bringing good luck to a family home
  • Statues of this size were often transported with the family so that they could contine to worship while away from home 
  • This antique Radha is being sold from the personal collection of Matthew Friedman, it was purchased from an antique dealer in Dhaka, Bangladesh between 1999-2001 when he worked for USAID in Dhaka
Description Radha is a Hindu god who is almost always depicted alongside Krishna and features prominently within the theology of today's Vallabha and Gaudiya Vaishnava sects, which regards Radha as the original Goddess or Shakti. Standing with straight legs on a lotus base over a carved platform, the torso naked with one arm in front and the other held out to the side, the face is simple with her eyes closed, the hair drawn up in a bun. This is a rare tribal version of this deity. Note the rich brown patina with red and green powder stains from regular usage.

This statue is from the private collection of Matthew Friedman. Matthew has lived and worked in Asia for the past twenty five years. During this period, he was posted as a diplomat for the US Government (USAID) and the United Nations in Nepal, Bangladesh and Thailand. Friedman has written three books related to Asian art: one book on traditional metal casting techniques in Bangladesh, and two books profiling traditional brass and bronze antiques from Nepal. Over a twenty year period, Friedman has amassed a large collective of brass and bronze items from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Laos. Friedman periodically presents at museum and art society events on the topic of how the lost wax method is used to make traditional Buddhist and Hindu statues. This statue was purchased from antique dealers in Dhaka, Bangladesh where Matthew was the head of USAID.

Matt Friedman is a focused on raising awareness on human trafficking in the world and has given 2 TED talks on the subject. View the most recent TED talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUR_yFYDtOo
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.

Polished Gold Bronze:  Many temples and homes prefer the highly polished gold bronze for temples or home altars.  In order to give the statue a bright polished sheen we recommend using a cotton rag and buffing the piece.  An acid like tamarind or lemon juice will help aid this process.  This takes time and effort to bring out the polish.  If you are looking for a short cut; some of our customers have used a product called Brasso which has been good at bringing a tarnished golden piece back to its golden shine.

If you have any questions concerning your bronze statue please email us at [email protected] or call us at 1(760) 994-4455.

Bangladeshi 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 around 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 Bangleshi 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 Bangladeshi 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. 
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

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You can obtain a shipping quote for any statue by clicking the link, Calculate Shipping beneath to the Add To Cart button on every statues' page.  Besides the shipping price, the results will also display the date the statue will arrive at your home. Lotus Sculpture uses Instapak foam injection packing system or bubble wrap and recycled peanuts to ensure that all our pieces arrive undamaged. Click here to learn more about Lotus Sculptures packing.

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You can obtain a shipping quote for any statue by clicking the link, Calculate Shipping beneath to the Add To Cart button on every statues' page.  Or you can email [email protected] or call us 760-994-4455 to receive a shipping quote. Please include the item number of the statue you are interested in purchasing as well as your country and postal code.​  Lotus Sculpture uses Instapak foam injection packing system or bubble wrap and recycled peanuts to ensure that all our pieces arrive undamaged. Click here to learn more about Lotus Sculptures packing.