Rendered in Metal

From the mysteriously untainted ‘iron pillar’ in Delhi’s Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, to the slowly gyrating bronze Shiva in the Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai – a small collection of precious metal:

Standing within the courtyard ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, in Delhi, the mysterious Iron Pillar probably speaks of the glory and munificence of Chandragupta II (380-414 CE), but what fascinates visitors these days is the mystery of its almost untarnished surface, unsullied until the backs, arms and grasping hands of a myriad visitors began to visibly diminish the inscriptions – and hence, these days the column stands inside a protective metal fence.

Over in Lanka, some more contemporary metal was wrought into a huntress by Laki Senanayake

Lastly, two views of my favourite piece of metal

 

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14 thoughts on “Rendered in Metal

  1. such variety, thanks for reminding us metal can do all that …here we have been looking at ancient coins and jewelery … metal is long lasting isn’t it?

  2. Both these pieces are amazing. I believe the … I just spent 20 minutes trying to find the word I am trying to use and its spelling. Apparently there is no such word. Perhaps you can help me out. The word I was going to use is “patique”. To me this was the effect that aging has on an item, usually metal. A copper may start have shades of green over time and other metals may show rust (orange). I thought is was caused by oxygenation and exposure to the elements however I will be darned if I can’t find the word.
    Anyway, these are beautiful.

  3. Exquisite bronze Shiva. Did you know fingernails are one of the tests for good workmanship and authenticity? Look at those fingernails!!

    • I didn’t know, specifically, Madhu, but thank you for that because fingernails, and feet, always seem to be the yardsticks I use to gague workmanship, and thence authenticity. This Shiva was created by someone really special. As I said, probably my favourite piece of metal (sculpture). 🙂

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