Bhagawan Ganesha Standing on His Mouse

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Lord Ganesha is one of Hinduism’s most prominent gods. He is revered as a god of a new beginning and a mighty one who removes obstacles. His elephant head and rounded belly are two of the main attributes that make it easy to identify him among the Hindu pantheon. As a remover of obstacles, he is invoked at the beginning of rites and prayers with hopes of a successful outcome.This painting depicts Lord Ganesha with four arms. On one hand, he holds his broken tusk, while on his lower-left hand is a delicacy towards which his trunk is trained on. Another hand holds a conch shell which is symbolic of the sound of the universe. His lower right hand is in an Abhaya mudra for protection and fearlessness.

He is also depicted stepping on an animal-vehicle, the mouse. Various interpretations are offered on why Ganesha's main associated animal is the mouse but one of the more renowned ones explains of the mouse as a destructive force to crops and thus needs to be eliminated. In this light, the mouse is considered an obstacle that Ganesha has the power to overcome. Mice are also physically small, but in this painting it is drawn proportionately larger than normal which may mean the Lord Ganesha can remove obstacles, no matter the size. The painting is done in classic black and white ink. It is painted on handcrafted paper treated with cow manure (a unique feature of Madhubani-style art that uses natural materials for their paper and dye). From the details of Lord Ganesha’s clothes, the backdrop, to the borders, this painting greatly showcases Madhubani art’s dedication to detail—filling every inch of the paper with color and patterns.

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Item Code: DO45
Artist: Rama Pyari Devi
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Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper Treated with Cow DungFolk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)Artist - Ramapari Devi
Dimensions 19.5 inch X 28 inch
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Colors of Tradition: Exploring the Artistry Behind Madhubani Paintings

Madhubani painting is also known as Mithila art as it is practiced in the Mithila region of India and Nepal. It has specifically originated from the Madhubani district of the state of Bihar. Traditionally, the women of this region created these paintings and in recent years, it has become a widely practiced art and has now become renowned throughout the world. This art expresses the creativity and culture of the people of Mithila and is passed from one generation to another. In this way, the heritage of Madhubani art has been preserved for many decades. The subjects of these paintings are usually religion, love, and fertility. Sometimes, social events like festivals, weddings, and royal court are also depicted in the paintings. The most commonly painted designs and themes are the forms of Hindu Gods and Goddesses such as Ganesha, Shiva, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Krishna, and Ram. The characteristic features of Madhubani paintings are their vibrant colors and eye-catching geometrical patterns. The empty spaces are filled with traditional motifs such as floral and foliate patterns, animals, birds, geometrical structures, and other designs. The local artists create these paintings using a variety of items such as matchsticks, twigs, brushes, pens, or even their own fingers. The paints are usually made with natural dyes and pigments.
As simple as it may seem, the making process of the world-famous Madhubani paintings is certainly not easy and requires lots of hard labor.
Traditional Madhubani paintings are done either on cloth, handmade paper, or canvas. Select the medium of painting as per your choice. If you have chosen cloth, attach it to cardboard to make a solid base. The making of the painting begins with making a double-lined border. This is a very important step because the border is filled with various geographical shapes and patterns or other motifs. The average width of the border is 1.5 - 2 cm. Now that the border is created, you will be left with a blank middle space. This is the main workspace. Start drawing your choice of figure, designs, and shapes. These must be relevant to the Madhubani painting themes.
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When the key design has been made, the empty spaces in between are filled with some designs.
Now is the time to color the painting using vivid shades and hues. Colors in Madhubani are sourced from nature; Indigo is used to produce blue, flower juice produces red, turmeric gives yellow, leaves produce green, cow dung mixed soot gives black, and rice powder gives white.
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To paint these colors, the artist uses a bamboo stick and wraps cotton around it. This acts as a traditional brush.
The entire painting is now painted using this special brush with natural vibrant colors. · However, in modern times, the common brush is used and instead of natural colors, artists prefer to use acrylic paints.
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Since the entire painting is made with natural materials and colors, it appears simple yet enriching. Originally, this art was created on mud walls or soil grounds but when it evolved over many years, the people of Madhubani started to make it on fabric and paper. Today, this art has become globalized and is receiving worldwide attention and appreciation.
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