Padmasana Gajalakshmi Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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Flanked by two bone white elephants who are lustrating her with water, Goddess Lakshmi sits in perpetual padmasana in the awe-inspiring form of Gajalakshmi. Her seat on the raised dais is cushioned by a big lotus flower, gentle and pink. Under a cerulean blue sky, filled with fluffy, white clouds, the walls of a temple where Gajalakshmi sits are embossed in gold, bespangled with vibrantly coloured stones. Oh, all hail the divine conventions of the goddess!x
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Tanjore PaintingTraditional Colors with 24 Karat Gold
Dimensions 21.5 inch x 27.5 (With Frame)
17 inch x 23 inch (Without Frame)
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The goddess herself wears a saree the color of gold, decorated with tiny, red flowers. Her two lower hands are showering her devotees with an unending stream of wealth while in abhaya and varada mudra. Her two upper hands are holding a lotus in each hand. Lotuses are incredibly significant as they indicate fertility and purity—even Gajalakshmi’s throne is decorated sparsely with lotus buds. Two attendants, also wearing golden sarees, fan her with cool air with the help of hand fans. They represent the goddess’ followers who are willing to devote themselves entirely to her. She is venerated most by those who get their daily earnings by rearing cattle. In the vast, beautiful sky, the sun and the moon are both out, looking over the goddess. It is a truly devotional scene that is brought to life with exclusive colors and life-like depictions. 

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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