Large Hand Carved Natraj Pink and Green Stone Statue; 4 Feet

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Large Hand Carved Natraj Pink and Green Stone Statue; 4 Feet
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The King of Dance - Nataraja. Nataraja or Nataraj symbolizes the third divine force of Hindus – The Lord Shiva is believed to be destroyer evil is Depicted as a divine dancer perfuming his dance. The dance signifies the destruction and signaling the creation of a new world by the Lord Brahma, In this Stone sculpture Lord Shiva is seen dancing in a ring of flames, while lifting his left leg and is seen balancing on a Devil.In this form, The Nataraj is always depicted with his four hands. Left foot rest on a demon which signifies liberation. A cobra uncoils from his lower right lower arm. The upper right hand holds a "Damru", a little drum shaped instrument. The second right hand is in 'Abhayamudra' which means security against unholy and darkness. The upper left hand contains fire which symbolizes destruction and The second left hand focuses towards the raised foot which implies freedom. Carved from Pink Stone of Orissa by artisans whose ancestors had practiced This Art of Stone Carving for Centuries. Hammers and Chisels of various Sizes and shapes like Muna, Patili, Martual, Thuk-Thuki and Nitana have been used to Engrave This Statue.
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Product CareGranite and laterite rocks which are believed to have originated in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu are given a unique local character by the stone carvers of Kerala. Granite is commonly used material for all stone carved products and a specific variety known as krishnashila which is sourced from Omalur in Pathanamthitta district and from Tirthala in the south Malabar, and is used for the sculpting of temple idols.Mahadeva Temple at Kazhakuttam and the Vaddakkunathan Temple at Thrissur were built by using Laterite, the red muddy stone that is abundantly available throughout Kerala and is also used for domestic structures. Although soft when quarried, it rapidly hardens on coming into contact with the elements and transforms into a highly durable and strong construction material. Also the stone is somewhat porous which allow the rock to breathe in the humid tropical heat. The use of laterite appears to be suffering a decline due to the changing aesthetic of the local populace, who prefer cement as a building material.
CraftStone Carving-Odisha
Craft StoryIn Odessa stone carving is the major handicraft. It reached heights of excellence through centuries. There are innumerable rock-cut sculptures, archaeological monuments, caves and temples like Parsurameswar, Mukteswar, Lingaraj, Puri and that are wonder in stone, the temple chariot of the Sun God at Konark, in addition to the beautiful Stupas and monasteries of Lalitgiri Ratnagiri and Udayagiri built for centuries and embroidered with most beautiful and intricately carved statue and other adornments. The present artisans have kept alive the sculptural traditions of their forefathers. So they are carving exact replicas of the original temple sculptures besides producing a variety of other items. They use ultra-soft white soap stone, and slightly harder greenish chlorite and the still harder pinkish Khan and the hardest of all black granite.
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