Kasyapa Worshipping Kamdhenu | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold

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In the belly of the wilderness, the great Sage Kasyapa carries on his sadhana (austerities). An integral part of Hindu austerity is the worship of the cow, the equivalent of the maternal figure because of her deeply compassionate nature. The Tanjore painting that you see on this page depicts the Sage engaged in ritual worship of the bovine.

The abode of Kashyapa in the middle of the forest is particularly glamorous. Executed in pure gold-inlaid gessowork studded with jewel-like red and green stones, it is symbolic of the inner wealth of a great sage. Kashyapa is seated in siddhasana, a superior contemplative stance, on a tigerskin mat. He is looking at the object of his worship with the finest devotion.

The bovine form predominates the canvas. It is made of solid gold embossed on a traditional Thanjavur art canvas. A multitude of Hindu iconographies are etched on her body, which indicates that a single creature as loving and giving as she is encompasses them all. On her taut, pink teats is an image of Gopala.

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Item Code: PHD027
Traditional Colors with 24 Karat Gold
Dimensions 28 inch Height X 40 inch Width X 4.5 inch Depth (With Frame)
Weight: 20 kg
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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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