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Taking care of Stone Sculptures

Saturday, May 16th, 2009 | Author:

Sculptures demand care and attention to withstand the onslaught of time. We have already talked about how to take good care of metallic sculptures. This article will focus on preservation of stone sculptures. India has number of stone sculptures of historical significance. Many of them kept us enthralled and mesmerized for centuries. These art works have been carved out of the stone. Normally, cut in three dimensions, carved sculptures are wonderful representation of art work.


Stone sculptures are made using different carving techniques. It’s a painstaking process that demands utmost care, attention and patience. Carving techniques come in various varieties. Many factors play a crucial role in making up of these sculptures. For example, one of them is range of stone used in carving. It can be granite, marble, sandstone or limestone. These are the most commonly used stones preferred by artists. The most fascinating aspect about variety of stone is all of them different attributes and appearance. Add to that craftsmanship of artists and you get some of the best known stone sculptures.


To protect these precious sculptures, first of all we need to recognize any sign of decay. Early detection can help in stopping serious or irreversible damage. It would not be a smart idea to take these stone sculptures for granted on the basis of durability of stones.


Several factors can cause damage to sculptures. The most basic cause is environmental decay the signs of which can be seen on the outer surface of the art work. Decay originates from pollution, heat, corrosion, wetting and drying etc. once the decay sets in, it’s hard to reverse the damage so it is advisable to keep a regular check on the sculptures. Other significant reason could be mechanical decay that is often caused by using low quality stones or some mechanical errors in installation. Stone sculptures must be kept away from vandalism, oil, detergents, chemicals; repeated handling of the surface etc. Applying these precautions will certainly lead to long life of precious stone sculptures.