A brightly coloured Thanjavur painting of Lord Ganesha. The elephant-headed deity with the adorable personality of a plump child. Ganesha is widely venerated for His childlike qualities of innocence and wisdom and generosity when it comes to dispensing blessings. Each aspect of the Lord has been captured in the Thanjavur painting that you see on this page.
A dhoti of yellow silk and a throne upholstered in scarlet-coloured velvet. Crystal-clear floors of the same colour as the throne. Solid, gleaming colours such as these are a signature aspect of Tanjore art. This is because they complement the gold leaf embellishment that is found in every Tanjore painting, including this Ganesha painting.
Zoom in on each gessowroked region of the canvas to appreciate the beauty and precision of the traditional handiwork. The solid gold temple entrance structure along the upper edge of the painting. The circular bejewelled strips around His throne leading up to the Kirtimukham, as well as the throne of solid gold beneath Him. Finally, the crown and adornments on Ganesha’s fair form.
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