Devi Annapoorna is the presiding deity over anna (Sanskrt for foodgrain) and, as such, nourishment. No one who is truly devoted to Her may go hungry in this life. She is a gorgeous feminine form with a bright complexion. Set off by a scarlet saree brocaded with pure gold embellishment on gessowork.
Such metallic-layered gessowork is characteristic of the authentic Tanjore painting. More of it is to be found in the wide-set crown that rests upon a jet black head of hair, and the pot and ladle She holds in Her fair hands. The same are brimming over with soft, fresh, white ricegrains. In Devi Annapoorna is the chhavi (image) of the Indian ideal of the loving and giving feminine. A ruby-studded temple entrance made of gold, arching over Annapoorna’s crown.
The red-and-gold colour palette of this Thanjavur painting would make this a vivid addition to your home or office decor. A garland of fresh flowers, a throne of luxuriant pure gold leaves.
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