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Indian Bronze Sculptures - Class Apart

Jun 27, 2008
India is a very large country that is often broken down into regions when it comes to bronze history. South Indian bronze was also strongly tied to the gods and goddess statues representative of Hinduism, but had heights in flourishing popularity from the 8th century throughout the 16th century.

The Eastern regional bronze items of various gods such as Vishnu and Shiva were most always created in the area's Buddhist monasteries. In South India, bronze was used to make jewelry, coins, numerous variations of the Hindu gods and goddesses in representational forms.

The Chola period was the first in the detail, clarity and overall formations of their bronze statues.

Bronze has long been known throughout history of touching several cultures all over the world for many centuries, and just as each of the other cultures of past time, India too carries its own unique relationship with the material of bronze. India's connection with bronze has gone back over 3000 years, and is still a very widely used metal today for many things, but it is most commonly associated with India's statues of gods and goddesses within the religions.

India is a very large country that is often broken down into regions when it comes to bronze history. These regional areas with the distinct beginnings of bronze are Western Indian bronze, the Eastern Indian bronze, and the South Indian bronze The sculptural bronze that flourished within Western Indian bronze is of the time periods ranging from 6th century to the 12th century, and had a strong bond with mostly Jainism. The Eastern Indian bronze is found to have been its strongest during the 9th century, and had its biggest associations with Shiva and Vishnu of Hinduism. South Indian bronze was also strongly tied to the gods and goddess statues representative of Hinduism, but had heights in flourishing popularity from the 8th century throughout the 16th century.

The bronze casting methods used within India during these centuries were crafted by the Lost-Wax Casting Method, and most all were of religious representation of some realm. The Western region did include various items such as incense burners and other ritual objects like lamp bearers. Many of the statues in this region were most always highly decorated with eyes of jewels, and inlays of gold or silver to enhance, and beautify their god or goddess. The Eastern regional bronze items of various gods such as Vishnu and Shiva were most always created in the area's Buddhist monasteries. In South India, bronze was used to make jewelry, coins, numerous variations of the Hindu gods and goddesses in representational forms.

It was during the Chola period that the bronze statues would include sensuality, clothing of detail and extra adorning jewelry. The Chola period was the first in the detail, clarity and overall formations of their bronze statues. There is also the creativity of idealistic balance and realism in a manor of heroism.

It is in this time period that the many famous formations of Shiva were born such as Shiva is detailed with Lakshmi, there is the dancing Shiva, Shiva and Parvati and so forth.
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Anita Satin Choudhary writes for Ivory and Art Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from Mammoth Ivory Netsukes to Agate Sculpture and Silver Art.
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