Shirdi Sai Baba Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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This Tanjore style painting is a splendid depiction of Sri Sai Baba’s classic pose at Dwarkamai, Shirdi. Sai Baba is one of the most revered saints in India, considered by many as a reincarnation of God. People of all religions flocked to him. Appearing in Shirdi as a young, wandering fakir in 1858, he remained there, until he attained Samadhi in 1918. 

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Item Code: PAA293
Dimensions 18 inch x 15 inch x 2 inch (With Frame)
14 inch x 11 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 2.50 kg
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The painting shows Sai Baba’s right leg resting on his left knee, while the middle and index fingers of his left hand are spread out to encompass the big toe. According to his followers, just as one views a waning moon through the branches of a tree, one must humbly meditate upon Baba’s toe through these fingers, in order to comprehend his inner light. In this painting, you can observe baba’s face gloriously gleaming with serenity, while his eyes display the inner tranquillity that he carried throughout his life. The word, Shanti, on the right palm raised in blessing, suggests – ‘Peace be to all. The floor around Baba’s foot is strewn with a few simple flowers that add heart-warming love and compassion just like the divine’s tender nature. Baba’s attire is simple, his slim frame unadorned by any glittering ornaments, while an everlasting smile utter unsaid words of wisdom. Even the 24-carat gold and teak wood background in traditional colors, so typical of Tanjore paintings, displays a simple design that corresponds with Sai Baba’s unique path of divinity. Sai Baba stood for simple living and the highest service to one’s fellowmen, the disposition of which shines through this Tanjore painting.

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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