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


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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