The fair Ganesha, seated in lalitasana. Chaturbhujadhari, possessed of four arms. The traditional implements and mudras of each hand. A velvet-upholstered cushion of many colours, with a Kirtimukham motif at the zenith of the backrest. Eyes that are brimming with equal parts innocence and equal parts wisdom.
The Ganesha Tanjore painting that you see on this page depicts the much-loved son of Shiva-Parvati in all His heavenly glamour. A dhoti of yellow silk and a garland of fresh lotus buds. Gold-layered gessowork, indicative of the hem of His attire and the adornment on His body. The same goes for the throne He is seated on and the crown on His head.
These pure, layered metallic sections are the identifying feature of the authentic Thanjavur painting. The same are embedded with miniscule stones of red and green, which give the impression of rubies and emeralds, respectively. These convey the luxuriant glories of the divine and spark the popular devotional imagination.
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