Superfine Lord Shiva with Parvati Seated on Nandi Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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This magnificent Tanjore painting is full of bliss in the way Lord Shiva and His eternal consort Goddess Parvati have been portrayed. The Lord is Param Vaishnav and the predominating deity of Tamo Guna (mode of ignorance), thus responsible for the destruction of the material world. Goddess Parvati is always engaged in the loving service of Lord Shiva and just like heat cannot be separated from the fire, likewise, Lord Shiva cannot be separated from Parvati who is his internal potency. 

Item Code: PAA350
Specifications:
TANJORE PAINTING TRADITIONAL COLORS WITH 24 KARAT GOLD
Dimensions 70.0 inch X 56.50 inch X 8.0 inch (With Frame)
58.0 inch X 56.50 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 80 kg
Handmade
Handmade
Free delivery
Free delivery
Fully insured
Fully insured
100% Made in India
100% Made in India
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Fair trade

Lord Shiva is seated in lalitasana on his divine mount Nandi (the sacred bull) who is decorated with a cloth on his back and chains of rings around his neck. The lord is unprecedently clad in a perfectly pleated dhoti and in place of a serpent, his neck is adorned with heavy neckpieces. From the huge crown on his head that holds upon it a crescent moon, thin threads of his matted hair come out. Next to him, attired in a beautiful saree, Goddess Parvati is seated calmly folding her legs. Her body complexion is green that resembles the fresh leaves that spring during the autumn season. They are surrounded by a huge Kirtimukham Prabhavali at the back which is pleasing to the eyes. Four Shiv Bhakts standing on the ground, devotedly fan the lord and the goddess with a chamar and offer them fruits and flowers. Every bit of this painting has been precisely embellished with pure gold coating studded with sequences of shining stones along the outlines which is the characteristic feature of Tanjore artwork.

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.
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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.
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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. 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.
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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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