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

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 Maa or mother is the simplest yet the most powerful address to the divine female energy, Shakti, the great goddess in Hindu culture. She begins life as Saraswati, sustains it as Lakshmi, and annihilates to bring a balance in creation as Kali. In between these three potent forms, she takes innumerable incarnations to fulfill the needs of Srishti or creation, just as a mother plays every role for her child. Maa Shakti is the sole Dayini, provider for her devotees, who call upon her to nurture them with her life-affirming benevolence. This roopa of the mother goddess can be best envisioned as Devi Annapurna (she who provides Anna or foodgrain), an expansion of Parvati Amman, the wife of Shiva and the divine manifestation of Prakriti (primeval feminine energy). Hindu textual sources tell the story of Devi Parvati, who enraged by Shiva’s disregard for food as a figment of Maya, a divine mirage that runs the universal order, disappeared from Srishti, leaving gods, humans, sages, and other life forms ravaged with hunger. The might of Mahamaya, Maa Parvati who is the source and end of all illusions was realized by Shiva who then paid a visit to his wife residing in Kashi as Annapurna, distributing her affection and food to anyone who came to her door.

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Item Code: PX80
Tanjore PaintingTraditional Colors with 24 Karat Gold
Dimensions 21.8 inch x 27.5 inch (With Frame)
17 inch x 23 (Without Frame)
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This glistening Devi Annapurna Tanjore painting envisions the mother goddess in a magnificent heavenly aura, which is enhanced by the skillful employment of embossing and 24-karat gold. The goddess sits in a royal palace with its arched pillars forming a golden frame for her image. The floor of Devi Annapurna’s palace has a silk red carpet spread on it, embellished with tiny dots and lines. A throne designed like expansive vegetation serves as the seat of the mother goddess in this Devi Annapurna Tanjore artwork. A red halo with a golden border marks the aura of the divine mother, who wears a conical crown, gold ornaments, and a sari with a paisley border and leafy vines covering its fabric. Red and green cut glass stones are studded in the entirety of this Thanjavur painting giving it its famed aesthetic richness. In her lithesome hands, Maa Annapurna holds a golden ladle and a pot full of Kheer (milk and rice pudding) which is sweetened with her maternal affections. A red dot on her forehead, large and lively eyes and a benevolent expression infuses this Tanjore art with Shakti’s motherly powers. The timeless pairing of gold and wood provides it with an antiquated aesthetic, settled in which Maa Annapurna showers on the devotees her ceaseless affections.

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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