Urdhva Tandav Dancing Shiva Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India


The great Lord Shiva breaks into His all-annihilating tandava. The beauty of this cosmic dance lies in the fact that it is at once destructive and creative. In the painting that you see on this page, He is captured in the most popular stance of the Nataraja: the left leg raised mid-air, the hands poised one above the other in the gajahasta and the abhaya mudras.

Beneath the foot of the right leg is Apasmara, the personification of avidya (ignorance). On either side of Shiva are His two wives, Kali (chaturbhujadharini) va Sati, each with a hand raised in generous blessing. The pedestal on which He stands is flanked by a pair of mortal devotees who gaze upon Him with adoration. The panel below depicts Nandi, the bovine companion of Shiva, flanked by a multitude of Hindu deities.

Framed with teakwood, this is a contemporary Tanjore painting. It features layers of glittering gold over luxuriant gesso work. From the flaying angavastram of the dancing Shiva to the attire of His two wives, the aureole that frames His figure and three templetops along the upper edge of the painting. The same is punctuated by inlaid stones, gleaming like jewels against gold.

Item Code: PAA092
Dimensions 36 inch x 30 inch x 3 inch (With Frame)
29 inch x 23 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 12.85 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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