Medium - Bronze
size - 19(H) x 12(w) x 12 (cm)
Narthana Krishna is the Finest Bronze Sculpture made of Bronze with utmost precision. It is the second sculpture from artist Vineesh Vijayan, India from his “Sree Krishna Series”. Great effort was laid into the minutest details in labouring the birth of the “Narthana-Krishna” displaying the innocence and cuteness of the baby while retaining the significant enlightening smile on His face.
Narthana Krishna sculpture is an inspiration from the Indian classical dance form known as’Bharathnatyam’. For centuries the sculptures of Krishna has been portrayed as ‘Dheeralalitha’ Nᾱyakᾱ who is carefree and cheerful, playing flute and dancing with the gopis in Vrindavan. Here Vineesh has tried to explore the human like features in the sculpture. The dance pose ‘Araimandi’ with the grace of lifting one leg illustrates the dance of joy by playing his flute.
The presence of flute is symbolically sculpted according to the dance ‘mudra’ for characterizing Krishna.
The portrayal of the cloud like curly locks tied with a peacock feather to adorn the hair is rendered in detail. The slight tilt of the head and glance of Krishna at his little finger with a mesmerizing smile is sculpted finely to emphasize the beauty of his lotus eyes imbibe the divinity of Lord Krishna.
Ornamental designs are intricate and meticulously detailed taking inspiration from 12th century Hoysaleswara temple Sculptures
It took almost Ninety (90) days to sculpt the masterpiece using polymer clay, building the armature, setting the initial posture and expression of the original sculpture, defining the major features, detailing the attributes and refining it for the final clay model.
To make the wax model of the original sculpture, a silicone rubber mould was made from the original clay model without losing any of the micro detailing and expression of the model to create Narthana Krishna. Hot wax was poured into the hollow mould and allowed through the chasing wax process and resting the same to set.
Next, to assemble the ceramic mould for the Bronze, the wax model underwent the casting process by dipping into a ceramic slurry for building up the ceramic shell and in turn went through “lost wax process” leaving a hard-hollow ceramic shell. The ceramic shell was intensely tested for its durability at various levels and then alone it is passed to the next stage.
Bronze is poured into the hot ceramic shell and allowed to cool and settle. Later, the ceramic mould was chiselled and smashed away. Vineesh’s experienced technical team then had to meticulously work on the final Bronze finish of the Masterpiece with all care and diligence. The product is now ready for patination.
For prolonged patina finish and to enjoy the complete beauty and tranquility of the Masterpiece Sculpture, we advise you to follow the instructions below.
- It is advisable to dust it periodically with a soft clean cloth or brush.
- If accidentally any liquid(milk, tea, coffee, etc.) is spilled on the sculpture that may react with the metal surface, immediately use a piece of cloth to wipe as quick as possible and use warm water to clean any residual allowing it to dry soon.
- Use a piece of cloth or gloves while lifting the Sculpture. This prevents the wax coating being tampered and thereby guaranteeing further longevity of the patina finish Don’ts
- No abhishekams are encouraged by pouring milk, water, oil, curd, honey, or any other liquids. It will damage the wax coating as the metal will be exposed to acidic contents in the liquids causing oxidation of metal resulting in an undesired colour change of the surface finish.
- Do not touch the bronze sculpture frequently with bare hands,as the thin layer of wax gets wiped off. The sweat from the hands are acidic which will react with the metal surface and changes the patina of the Sculpture.
- This sculpture being an indoor exhibit should not be kept under directsunlight for a long period (more than a week or month).Such long exposure will affect the antique finish of the metal and it may be affected by the ultraviolet rays from the sun.