A Thanjavur painting of the seated Lord Ganesha. Chaturbhujadhari (possessed of four arms), clad in a vivid yellow-coloured dhoti. Lord Ganesha directs His gaze straight ahead of Himself, replete with equal parts innocence and equal parts compassion. He is the elephant-headed son of Shiva-Parvati and has the personality of a child.
The glory of Ganpati has been captured in the resplendent Tanjore idiom. The Thanjavur painting that you see on this page is a gorgeous, symmetrical composition, starting from the vividly painted bits to the gold-inlaid sections. They complement each other and bring out the transcendental glory of Ganpati.
The throne on which Ganesha bhagwan is seated is particularly ornate. It has layers of jewel-studded gold embellishment along the circular edge, and a parasol at the zenith. The metallic embellishment are to be found on the crown and adornment of the Lord, as well as the implements in His four hands. The temple-entrance structure and the solid colours in the background complete the Thanjavur painting composition.
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