Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tanjore : Your source for exquisite Chola bronze statues

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Tanjore ( Thanjavur ) in Tamil Nadu,  is a paradise for fine bronze statues from India. Their specialty is the reproduction of antique bronze religious statues of South India’s Chola Dynasty.The iconic bronzes of the Chola Period are among the world's greatest religious art; however they are much more than just superb examples of fine Indian art. Unique among bronze religious statues, these exquisite Chola bronze figures have been worshipped since the ninth century AD as the living embodiment of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. 

The Indian bronze statues of Tanjore, evoke a dignified sensuous grace, elegance and beauty which echo the divine presence all around them.These handicraft sculptures are cast by hand in village workshops using a lost wax process unchanged in a thousand years. Age-old techniques, and a painstaking attention to finish and detail, ensure Tanjore's bronzes are virtually indistinguishable from the antique Chola originals.

If we look closely at these icons, we'll notice that Chola bronzes do not literally represent the mortal human body; rather they are inspired by spiritual beauty and  cosmic beauty.

Many poses commonly found in these Chola bronze sculpture are drawn from the science of Yoga of ancient India. Another source for these poses and gestures in Chola sculptures is Indian Classical Dance Form, which evolved in Hindu temple rituals and in performances at Indian royal courts.

Given below is a small sample of the huge collection of Chola bronze icons that Tanjore is known worldwide for :

























Shivagami

CR-SG13BP
Ht 33cm/13in Wt 4kg/8.8lb

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Shiva as Nataraja

CR-NT36A8
Ht 91.4cm/36in Wt 50kg/110lb

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Shiva as Nataraja

CR-NT15RA
Ht 38cm/15in Wt 9kg/19.8lb

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Rishavahana

CR-RI42A8
Ht 106.7cm/42in Wt 93kg/205lb

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Pavaivilakku

CR-LL24A1
Ht 61cm/24in Wt 12.5kg/27.6lb

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Parvati

CR-PS15A1
Ht 38.1cm/15in Wt 4kg/8.8lb

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Lakshmi

CD-LX32A1
Ht 81.2cm/32in Wt 30kg/66.13lb

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Lakshmi

CD-LX12NP
Ht 30.48cm/12in Wt 2.4kg/5.29lb

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Krishna with 6 hands

CD-K6H37A2
Ht 93.9cm/37in Wt 52kg/114.6lb

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Krishna dancing on snake

CR-KS18AG
Ht 45.7cm/18in Wt 5kg/11lb

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Krishna

CD-KF39A2
Ht 99cm/39 in Wt 41kg/90.38lb

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Krishna

CD-K12A2
Ht 30.5cm/12in Wt 2kg/4.4lb

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Krishna as a child

CD-KC06NP
Ht 15.2cm/6in Wt 0.6kg/13lb

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Dancing Ardhanarishwara

CD-AD39NP
Ht 99cm/39in Wt 52kg/114.6lb

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Bhoga Shakthi

CR-BS24A8
Ht 61cm/24in Wt 41kg/90.4lb

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Bhoga Shakthi

CR-BS10A2
Ht 25.4cm/10in Wt 3kg/6.6lb

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Bhoga Shakthi

CR-BS06NP
Ht 15.2cm/6in Wt 1.5kg/3.3lb
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Photographs : Courtesy Kaalita®


For more information, please write to Mala Chandrashekhar at indianartsandcrafts2008@gmail.com

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