Sitting Lord Ganesha | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade

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In a Hindu household, the presence of Sri Ganesha as an idol, painting, or symbol is intrinsic to the maintenance of auspicious and fortunate energies. This belief is shared by Hindus across the country, who visualizes Sri Ganesha as the supreme king in their regional idioms, giving rise to innumerable divine representations of the elephant-faced Lord. Here we have one of the most popular forms of Sri Ganesha- four-armed, enthroned, and draped in brilliant Pitambara (yellow garment) in a Thanjavur painting, beautified with traditional colors and 24-karat gold. The handmade Sri Ganesha Tanjore painting comes with a teakwood frame that allows an appropriate placement for the painting which is both an art piece and a celestial icon. 

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Item Code: PAB063
Traditional Colors with 24 Karat Gold
Dimensions 54.00 inch Height X 43.00 inch Width (With Frame)
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Sri Ganesha sits in a pillared hall on a royal throne, with his aura marked by a golden nimbus and bold red brush strokes that emanate from the halo of his golden crown. Ganesha’s countenance carries an ethereal childlike innocence and is adorned by a Tripunda mark on the forehead, a lotus creeper on the trunk, and a pair of animated eyes. The multitude of gold ornaments highlighted by 24-karat gold sheets and tiny red and green cut glass pieces cling to the enormous torso of Sri Ganesha in this Tanjore artwork. Ganesha holds Paasha (noose) and Ankusha (goad) in his secondary hands while carrying a bowl of modaka (sweets) and the gesture of fearlessness in his primary hands. This roopa of the elephant-faced Hindu deity whose trunk is curving to the right is seen as a highly propitious form of Sri Ganesha, bringing which to your space eradicates all Vastu-related troubles and casts Ganesha’s benevolent gaze on your life.

 Attention to detail in this stunning Tanjore Sri Ganesha painting is visible in the manner in which Ganesha’s attire is marked, with fine dark lines underlining the folds and shades of red which are added to his skin to bring a true-to-life effect in the artwork.  Bright and contrasting shades create a vibrant and divine image of Sri Ganesha which will instill in your home the enriching presence of the Prathama-pujya (first worshipped) God.

How are Tanjore paintings made?

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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