SOLD Bronze Gods of Love, Rati Kamadeva Statue 16"
Item #: 74b92
Total Height Including Base: 16 inches
Base Width & Depth: 11.5 x 4.5 inches
Weight: 15 pounds
- Kāmadeva is the Hindu god of love or desire. Rati is the female counterpart, the chief consort of Kamadeva
- Kamadeva is in a loving embrace with Rati as he holds her up on his raised leg
- Kamadeva is holding a long piece of sugarcane that he uses as a bow to shoot flower arrows of love into God's or people's hearts
- Rati and Kamadeva ship the same day from our California showroom
In the sculpture Kamadeva is in a loving embrace with Rati as he holds her up on his raised leg. In his right hand is a long piece of sugarcane. The base is an unusual football shape.
A story of how Shiva destroys Kamadeva: Indra and the gods are suffering at the hands of Tarakasur, a demon who cannot be killed except by Shiva's son who has not been born yet. Brahma asks Parvati to disturb Shiva from his meditation and woo him so that their offspring will be able to defeat Taraka. Indra takes it upon himself to set the couple in motion and assigns Kamadeva to break Shiva's meditation. To create a congenial atmosphere, Kamadeva (Madana) creates an untimely spring (akAl vasanta). He evades Shiva's guard, Nandi, by taking the form of the fragrant southern breeze, and enters Shiva's home and sends a flower arrow into the heart of Shiva.
Shiva is furious that his meditations have been disturbed by the flower arrow. Shiva opens his third eye and immediately incinerates Kamadeva and he is turned into ash. Parvati is deeply disturbed by Kama's death. Shiva asks Parvati how he can help her. She pleads with him to resuscitate Kamadeva. Shiva agrees to let Kamadeva live but in a ghost like form, hence Kamadeva is also called Ananga (an- = without; anga = body, "bodiless"). The spirit of love embodied by Kama is now disseminated across the cosmos: it affects Shiva whose union with Parvati is consummated. Their son Murugan goes on to defeat the demon Taraka.
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.
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 shipping to anywhere in the world. If you are in Canada please select "UPS Standard to Canada" for the shipping option. If you are an international customer please select "International Shipping" during checkout. The shipping charge will be calculated as $0. Lotus Sculpture will email you the correct shipping cost subject to your approval or you may call us at 760-994-4455 or email us at [email protected] for a shipping quote. 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.