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

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Goddess Lakshmi, along with Goddesses Saraswati and Parvati, form the divine triad known as ‘Tridevi’ which is responsible for the creation, maintenance and destruction of the material world. Lakshmi is the eternal consort of Lord Vishnu and is always engaged in His loving service in His abode called Vaikuntha, and thus assists Him in sustaining the entire Universe. Revered as the Goddess of fortune, she blesses her devotees not only with material wealth but also with spiritual wealth to advance them in the path of bhakti. 

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Item Code: PAA288
Dimensions 18 inch x 15 inch x 2 inch (With Frame)
14 inch x 11 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 2.73 kg
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Here, the epitome of beauty, Goddess Lakshmi is seated on a throne in Ardhapadmasana; the left leg goes down toward the floor, while the right one stays folded above. As she sits in this posture, the pleats of the saree that she wears spreads between her legs and form the shape of the multiple blades of a fan. The saree is golden in color and has beautiful motifs on it. She is adorned with heavy ornaments such as a long neck piece, sharp earrings, a nose ring, bracelets and anklets. Each of her two upper arms hold a lotus flower, the lower right hand shows the boon granting Varada Mudra, while the other is in Abhaya Mudra from which a stream of gold coins can be seen coming down. A tilted pot filled with such coins is around her left arm which pours down multiple coins at a time. Finally, the huge crown on her head justifies her exalted personality. The intricate patterns of the Prabhavali surrounding her give this painting an extra beautification. Every bit of this painting is embellished with 24 Karat gold long with shining stones which is the key feature of Tanjore artwork.

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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