The ashtabhujadhari Lord Ganesha, the one possessed of (‘dhari’) eight (‘ashta’) arms (‘bhuja’), stands on His short, chubby child’s legs. His adorable elephant head is turned sideways, revealing the lateral profile of His face to view. But for the gold predominating this Tanjore painting, it is a bitone composition in pale pink (the complexion of His form) and scarlet (the solid-coloured background).
Within the dark teakwood frame is a perfectly circular panel in the centre. The surface area without the panel is superimposed with pure, solid gold. Zoom in on the same to appreciate the intricate workmanship of the engravings on the soft, thickly laid metal. Winged mythical creatures upon paisley-shaped vassals are to be found on all four corners surrounding the circular panel.
Note the dense proportion of gold on the Lord’s person - from the attire and adornment on His body, to the crown on His head and the sacred implements in His hands. The shringar and the circumference of the panel are particularly inlaid with richly coloured beads of glass, which resemble rubies and emeralds. Such a glamorous Ganesha painting would be a valuable addition in the home or office of the truly devoted.
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