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

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Goddess Lakshmi is also known as the Goddess of fortune because she blesses her devotees with wealth, prosperity, fortune and abundance. But her blessing is not limited to the material platform, she showers her special grace upon those who seek the path of the Absolute Truth by providing them the spiritual wealth which is the ultimate goal of human life. Since she is the eternal consort and internal potency of Lord Vishnu, she is always engaged in His loving service and assists Him in maintaining and sustaining the entire Universe. Thus, she is associated with Sattva Guna (mode of goodness). 

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Item Code: PAA283
Dimensions 24 inch x 20 inch x 2 inch (With Frame)
19 inch x 15 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 3.70 kg
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Here, Goddess Lakshmi is seated on a throne in Ardhapadmasana. Attired in a perfectly pleated red saree and adorned with several heavy gold ornaments and a flower garland worn over her shoulders, she looks as beautiful as the glowing sun. A huge crown on her head and the aureole behind it represent her exalted personality. She holds a lotus flower in each of her upper hands, the lower left hand is in the boon granting Varada Mudra, and the right hand is in Abhaya Mudra (the gesture of fear not) from which a stream of gold coins pours down. A pot full of such coins is kept between her left thigh and calf. A soft and gentle smile on the fair complexioned and beautiful face of Lakshmi shows her extremely merciful nature towards the devotees. Finally, the shine of the pure gold coating lights up the entire presentation of this Tanjore painting and evokes a feeling of bliss. 

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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