Monday, November 17, 2014
This article is one of the several projects of Handicraft Association of Nepal for the promotion of Nepalese art and crafts. Arts such as scroll painting and paubha paintings as well as metal solid craft of those god and goddess have been exported worldwide these days. This article is believed to satisfy the long felt need of the exporter community dealing in metal crafting and to enable them to describe it effectively and precisely. Our endeavor to publish this article is to arouse the importance of metal statues in Nepal both historically and culturally as well as to inspire Nepalese artists in creating statues in its canonical form. Making of metal statues was started since decade and have a strong bond between Nepalese and Tibetan. Most of the statues are being exported to Tibet and China, although few of them are being shipped to whole world. Metal statues are prepared in different phases; initially a model is being made and then sent it to different casting stages at the time only raw statues will be prepared in parts. Then its followed by hammering it with different accessories to form the preferred shape then designers will put different design on the metal body to look attractive and finally as per the clients requirement statues will be painted with gold, silver or putting gems on the statues or paintings. Few metal statues are Buddha, Tara, Lokeshvara, Padmasambhava, Tsongkhapa and lot more. There are different avatars of Buddha and one of the most popular is Shakyamuni Buddha. Buddha statue can be seen meditating in the “Earth touching” gesture on a lotus throne with a modern silk cloth with a viswavajra mark on it. Tara also have different avatar and one of them is green Tara. Green Tara is seated on the lotus throne in a lilita (“playful”) gesture. She is a beautiful young maiden. She has one face and two hands. Her right palm is shown whit her hands in the varadamudra because she is quick respond to the petitions of those who seek her aid. Similarly one of the popular avatars of Lokeshvara is Sahasrabhuja Lokesvara (Visva Rupa). This form of thousand armed and many-head emanation of avalokiteshvara is extremely rare. It is difficult to identify this figure as Ekadasamukha (‘eleven faced’) Lokeshvara. Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as Guru Rinpoche, the precious teacher was a powerful Tantric Buddhist Master. He was invited to Tibet in the eight century to propagate Buddhism. Last but not least Tsongkhapa is holding a sword and a text of Prajnaparmita Sutra. His body is radiant white with a reddish glow. He sits upon the sun and the moon on the lotus throne and is crowned with a yellow hat, indicating his membership in the Gelug pa monastic order, of which he was the founder. As a whole all of above statues have their own significance and importance, this article will just let people know about the statues they wish to have. Everything is mentioned to create the strong bond between supplier and client.