Gomaatha (Kamadhenu) Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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The Tanjore style paintings always stand out from the ordinary paintings because of their special feature of embellishment with coating of pure gold and stones with great precision. In this painting, Kamadhenu is magnificently portrayed. As per the Vedic scriptures, Kamadhenu is a wish fulfilling cow that grants the seekers whatever they wish and desire, and thus is honored and considered to be the mother of all cows. The mother cow is revered as one among the seven mothers of a living entity who should be given respect at all times. She has a great spiritual significance; she is an endless giver of resources and nourishment; her milk sustains the life of many species and her urine is used for many medicinal purposes. 

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Item Code: PAA176
Dimensions 11 inch x 13 inch x 2 inch (With Frame)
7.5 inch x 9 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 1.25 kg
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Her body complexion is like the pure white clouds floating in the sky, the four legs represent the four Vedas, her sharp conical horns symbolize the Trimurti Gods Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu, and her face symbolize the sun and the moon. She is portrayed as a white cow having a female head and wings of a tropical bird. Long black hair braided with golden tassels reaching her breasts and a bunch of neckpieces around her delicate neck look beautiful. A soft and gentle smile on her face describes her merciful and unconditional nature as she provided everyone with everything. She is decorated with a cloth and a tinkling bell around her back. Her four legs represent the four purusharthas of life that help us to achieve our purpose of human life; Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. The special feature of this painting is the coating of the adornments with pure gold and stones with precision. The Tanjore style paintings always stand out from the ordinary paintings and this one has proved it.


Gilded Elegance: Unraveling the Artistry of Tanjore Paintings

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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