Maa Parvati with Ganesha Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade

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Maa Parvati, the great goddess “Mahadevi”, the embodiment of the divine feminine energy in the Hindu pantheon represents the exaltation of the maternal instinct that resides in every human being. She symbolizes the ability of the female aspect to give birth, nurture, and fiercely protect her children. Accompanied by a dotting young Sri Ganesha, Maa Parvati in this Tanjore painting is in her roopa as the supreme mother goddess, who bestows, nurtures, and protects progeny. 

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Item Code: PAA369
Dimensions 35.5 INCH X 29.5 INCH X 2 INCH (WITH FRAME) 29 INCH X 22.5 INCH (WITHOUT FRAME)
Weight: 10.20 kg
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Under a golden arch of a grand palace, on a Suvarna-Kamala (golden lotus) sits Maa Parvati, the primordial mother. The resplendence of her divine aura is accentuated by the ornate golden lamps that throw a magnificent glow on her presence. Four armed and with an imposing gold crown that is replete with precious gemstones, Devi Parvati in this awe-inspiring Tanjore painting is represented as the deific personification of motherhood. Her body is magnificent, endowed with rounded breasts and plump limbs (elements that signify a woman’s reproductive prowess), draped in a lavish saree. On the lap of Jagadamba, the mother (Amba) of the Universe (Jagat), is Ganesha, created by the great goddess herself. Though four-armed and endowed with all the divine features, Ganesha appears as an innocent child, with his charming eyes and tiny foot that playfully faces the viewer. The broken tusk in his hand (a reminder of him having penned down the great epic Mahabharata), the snake on his belly, the Om on his trunk- all of these underlines for us that the child who sits so innocently is the home of divine virtues and primordial wisdom. But more importantly, it fills the heart with veneration for the great mother, “Amman” (mother) as she is fondly addressed in Southern India, in whose loving protection Ganesha (the god of wisdom and auspiciousness) is born and finds eternal nourishment.

The exquisite Tanjore painting is inside a fine teakwood frame. On the floor in front of the goddess are ingredients of a pooja (ritual worship)- incense, Diya (lamp), sweets, conch, and fruits, methodically placed, creating a pleasing religious ambiance within the painting, that will surely spread in your home. 

Gilded Elegance: Unraveling the Artistry of Tanjore Paintings

Tanjore painting is a traditional form of art in the South Indian style and was started by the inhabitants of a small town known as Thanjavur of Tamil Nadu. This gives it another name called “Thanjavur painting”. This painting draws its figures, designs, and inspiration from the time when Vedic culture was prevalent in India. Certain remarkable features of a Tanjore painting distinguish it from other paintings. Some of these are pure gold or gold foil coating on gesso work, the use of rich and vivid colors, and the inlay of cut-glass or semi-precious and precious stones. The subjects of most of the Tanjore paintings are Hindu Gods, Goddesses, and saints. The main devotional figure is portrayed in the central portion of the painting and is usually surrounded by various secondary figures.

The process of making a Tanjore painting

The classic Tanjore paintings are done on wooden planks and hence are also referred to as Palagai Padam in South India (Palagai = Wooden plank, Padam = Picture). Creating a masterpiece is never an easy task but the skilled artists of Thanjavur have been following the tradition of making timeless Tanjore paintings for decades.
The making process begins with preparing the wooden board or canvas. The size of the board depends upon the choice of the patron. The next step is to paste cardboard over the wooden board and then a cotton fabric is stretched and pasted upon it using Arabic gum.
Tanjore Painting Wooden Base
Now that the cloth is attached to the wooden panel, a rough sketch of the motifs and figure is drawn onto the fabric. After this, a paste of chalk powder and water-soluble adhesive is evenly applied over the base and smoothed.
Sketching of Tanjore Painting
Thereafter, the outlines which were made or traced using a stencil are now ready to be beautified and decked with various add-ons. The usual materials for decoration are cut-glass, pearls, semi-precious and precious gems, gold leaf, and laces. 22 or 18 Karat Gold leaves and gems of varied hues are especially inlaid in areas like pillars, arches, walls, thrones, and dresses.
Gold Inlay work on painting
In the final step, the rest of the painting is filled with rich and striking colors such as shades of red, blue, and green. Formerly, the artists used natural colors like vegetable and mineral dyes instead of chemical paints. The entire painting is then cleaned and refined to give a flawless finished look.
Since the making of a single piece of Tanjore painting requires a complex and elaborate process, the artists usually take at least one or two months to complete it. The use of pure gold foil and gems for beautification is a characteristic of an authentic Tanjore painting. Due to this, Tanjore paintings last for generations without getting tarnished and are much more expensive than general paintings. Though the art form has undergone various changes and technique modifications over the years, it continues to attract the hearts of art lovers.
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