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

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A glorious and serene depiction of Gajalakshmi, one among the eight primary forms of Goddess Lakshmi (Ashtalakshmi). She is considered to be the bestower of the power of royalty and prosperity in the lives of the jivas (individual souls). The special feature of this painting is that it has been elaborately embellished with pure gold coating along with sequences of shining stones for the beautification of the icon. This aspect of Tanjore style artwork makes it stand out from the ordinary ones. 

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Item Code: PAA279
Dimensions 27.5 inch x 21.5 inch x 1.5 inch (With Frame)
23 inch x 17 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 4.55 kg
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Goddess Gajalakhmi, as her name suggests, is flanked by a white elephant (gaja) on her either side lifting their trunk up so as to glorify the Goddess. Having eight crowned heads and eighteen arms, she is elegantly seated in padmasana on an encrusted-gold throne. This is a dynamic aspect of the Goddess where all her power is shown to be exhibited in her arms carrying different items. The left arms hold a conch shell, a sprig of sugarcane, a bow, a lotus flower, and a pot. The right arms hold a discus, an arrow, a sword, a flag, a sprig of wheat and corn, and a flag. The anterior arms are in Abhaya Mudra and Varada Mudra. Dressed in a lustrous and perfectly pleated saree and adorned with several jewels, she appears as glowing as the sun. As she sits in padmasana, the pleats of her saree gracefully open from between her legs. Her merciful glance and soft smile are enough to put one into the state of tranquility. The child Subrahmanya sits on her lap holding a lotus flower, his eyes filled with immense love for Gajalakshmi.

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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