Sense of Sight : Chola Bronze

Assignment ! :


Standing Parvati,
Chola period (ca. 860–1279), ca. first quarter of 10th century
Tamil Nadu, India
Copper alloy; H. 27 3/8 in. (69.5 cm)

The Cholas ruled a large part of South India from their homeland near Thanjavur on the southeastern coast .  They loved literature and the performing arts on which they made stone structures of god. Chola-period bronzes were created using the lost-wax technique. Because each sculpture made in this fashion requires a separate wax model, each is unique; because they are religious icons, each conforms to established iconographic conventions.Here, Parvati iHere we see goddess Parvati in a dancing position. She is standing in a very dramatic and elegant manner .  She wears luxurious jewelry and a diaphanous skirt secured with a heavy belt, both of which emphasize her sensual volumes. The total effect is perfection, an ideal combination of realistic details and abstract forms.The idea of ideal body type and form has been highlighted in the entire sculture.Chola bronzes combine dignity, gentleness and the sensuousness of flesh in a beautiful manner. The figures are made with such care and detail that they can be seen from all sides. The expression here is serene and calm.This also convey a deep spiritual journey and feeling that is gone through and experienced by the maker.In the skilled hands of devoted artists, the metalsculptures communicate the majesty and dignity of the deities as well as the suppleness and dynamic movement of their bodily forms.


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