Padmasana Gajalakshmi Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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Goddess Gajalakshmi, who is one among the eight primary forms of Lakshmi, widely known as Ashtalakshmi, is the bestower of the power of royalty, prosperity and abundance in the lives of her devotees. But since Lakshmi is the eternal consort of Lord Vishnu, she is always engaged in His loving service, and therefore, anyone who worships the Lord, receives very easily the special mercy of Gajalakshmi. The fact that this painting is handmade and decorated with pure gold makes it stand out from the ordinary paintings. 

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Item Code: PAA308
Dimensions 19.5 inch x 16.5 inch x 2 inch (With Frame)
15 inch x 12 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 2.94 kg
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In this painting, Goddess Gajalakshmi is depicted seated on a Kirtimukha throne in Padmasana having four arms. Each of her two upper arms hold a full-blown lotus flower while the lower hands are in the boon granting Varada Mudra and Abhaya Mudra (the hand gesture of fearlessness). She is flanked by a white and nicely decorated elephant (gaja) on her either side. They stand on their hind legs and lift their trunks high as if honoring the Goddess with all their energy. The Goddess’s molten gold complexioned body is attired in a beautiful golden and green silk saree and bedecked with several ornaments including a huge crown on her head. As she sits in the padmasana posture, the multitude of pleats in her saree gracefully open up as a fan between her folded legs. Her soft and gentle smile describes her extremely merciful nature towards her devotees. Finally, the embellishment of the painting with 24 Karat gold makes it stand out from other ordinary paintings. Also, the outlines have been decorated with a sequence of red and green stones which makes it more special and aesthetic.


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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