Goddess Rajarajeshwari, Lakshmi and Saraswati In All Their Finery Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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A richly coloured tri-devi composition (‘tri’ is Sanskrt for three) comprising Devi Rajarajeshvari flanked by Devi Lakshmi and Devi Sarasvati. Tripurasundari is at the very centre. She is wearing a saree of delicate crimson silk, the brocade of which, in addition to the crown on Her head and the ornaments on Her person, are executed with solid gold embellishment. Of the three deities, the archway over Her head features the Kirtimukham motif.

To the right of Rajarajeshvari is Lakshmi in Her gold and scarlet silks. To the left, Devi Sarasvati in Her unmistakable ivory attire. All three devis are possessed of four arms - as such, they are chaturbhujadharinis - but while Rajarajeshvari’s legs are in lalitasana, Lakshmi and Sarasvati have assumed the ardhapadmasana. A bowlful of offerings of fruit and sweetmeat are at the foot of each of the three thrones.

From the thrones to the temple-esque archway along the upper edge of the painting, there is precious metallic inlay-work in almost every aspect. This is what makes Tanjore art so widely coveted and befits the predominantly religious themes. A tri-devi composition such as this one is sure to add to the auspiciousness of your home or office.

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Tanjore PaintingTraditional Colors with 24 Karat Gold
Dimensions 27 inch x 21 (With Frame)
22 inch x 17 inch (Without Frame)
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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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