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Rudratandava, With Rudrayantra And Invocation

Rudratandava, With Rudrayantra And Invocation

Madhubani paintings are the most distinguished of Indian folk arts. Like all folk arts they originated in the hands of rural women, who were simply looking to beautify their humble mud dwellings. They have evolved to feature a style and distinctiveness that could be gleaned from the composition that you see on this page. Like most works of folk art, the theme in question is devotional. It features the handsome Lord Rudra, captured in the midst of His powerful tandava.

The lines that define the subject are rudimental. The same are filled in with solid colours drawn out of a limited but expressive colour palette. A flash of pastel basics meets the eye at first glance - blues, oranges, blacks, and yellows. Such an earthy finish is explained by the technique that lies behind Madhubani paintings: drawing implements fashioned from broken twigs and dyes extracted from organic materials found around the house (such as soot from the angithi and ochre of the lamp). The Lord dances with His weight pressing down on Apasmara, the very image of ignorance.

The flaying locks of the chaturbhujadhari Lord make for an aureole. He is flanked by a nadi-serpent to His right, a gorgeous green creeper to His left. In the foreground are a rudrayantra with the chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ (Lord Shiva invocation) painted underneath the same and a wrathful roopa of the victorious Lord.

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Lot of Five Printed Passport Bags with Straight Stitch and Applique-work

Lot of Five Printed Passport Bags with Straight Stitch and Applique-work

Nothing like an unusual little passport bag to uplift a run-of-the-mill airport outfit. This one is a set of five, each more vibrantly coloured than the other - pink and azure, red and cream and yellow. The applique on the body of each of these bags is what makes them one-of-a-kind. From floral-tattooed elephants and grandma’s sewing basket to identical flower- and bush-motifs. The vivid motifs and colours are such as to complement a wide range of outfits.


The straps have been stitched with considerable attention to detail. Polka dots and flowers of a wide range of colours and shapes of petals, as well as bitone betel leaves on one of them, the motifs are different on each side of the straps. Note how the thickness is just right, comfortable yet fashionable for those long hours through immigration and security.

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Mahavidya Bagalamukhi, In Her Glorious Ferocity

Mahavidya Bagalamukhi, In Her Glorious Ferocity

Ma Bagalamukhi is the quintessential tantric devi. She exudes great beauty, harmony, and vitality. She is hypnotic, and has the power to hold both mortals and the elements to Her sway. Her devotees turn to Her when they have evil spirits to ward off or success to be sought in mortal disagreements. Her temples could be found in the deepest recesses of the subcontinent, where Her devotees flock at especially trying times of their lives to seek Her divine intervention. Her usual iconography has a strong element of yellow, the colour of fecundity and vitality. Hence, each of the finishes this murti comes in has a distinctive gold-coloured tone complementing the rest of the shades of brass.

Her stance is determined and fierce. Her leg is raised; with one hand She seizes the asura (one of demonkind) by the tongue, while She raises a goad with the other. The pulling of the demon's tongue by Bagalamukhi is both unique and significant. Tongue, the organ of speech and taste, is often regarded as a lying entity, concealing what is in the mind. The Bible frequently mentions the tongue as an organ of mischief, vanity, and deceitfulness. The wrenching of the demon's tongue is symbolic of the Goddess removing what is often a perpetrator of evil. She is ready to bring down Her sacred goad on the head of the asura, who and whose kind stand for all that is adharma. He is on His knees before Her, a sword and a shield in His hands that failed to serve Him well. The slight bow of Her head gives away that She eyes Him ferociously as She prepares to strike Him. Her divine appeal has been captured with superb skill in this brass sculpture. Beneath the sumptuous gold crown cascades Her ample tresses down Her back. Her chunky shringar is layered over the sublime folds of Her saree.

What sets this portrayal of the mahavidya apart is the stunning aureole it comes with. Perfectly symmetrical, the thick brass curves are densely engraved, adding complexity to the composition. The parasol atop the aureole rounds it off. Note how the asura has been placed by the edge of the base, as if to indicate that He is outside the purview of the dharma She embodies.

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Rugged Rose Quartz, Aquamarine and Green Amethyst Earrings

Rugged Rose Quartz, Aquamarine and Green Amethyst Earrings

"This jewelry is classy in its own right. Like fine wine or tea, it does not attempt to overmusk or steal the spotlight. Yet, one can not help but notice this clarity, cut, and vibrance this jewelry exudes. Its aura is further enhanced by the wearer, casting a long look of admiration by others.

Made with a unique combination of three precious stones; rose quartz, aquamarine and green amethyst. Though loosely pieced together, the ruggedness of the stones exude confidence and a youthful vibe, representing a youthful, effortless and fuss-free style of the wearer. Forming a pyramid shape, the stones are stacked in this manner to showcase and elongate the neckline of the wearer. Best worn with short bob or hair pulled back into a ponytail, the pale colors of the stones make it an easy match for clothes of all styles and patterns.

This exquisite piece of jewelry is suitable for all occasions and matches well with most outfits and designs. The gemstone brings positive properties to the wearer, and dispels negativity to overcome challenges. Sourced and brought to you by Exotic India Art, this is a one of a kind jewelry. Most pieces are stocked in limited quantites. What are you waiting for? Don't kick yourself later when it is too late. "

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Festival of Kites

Festival of Kites

Navneet Parikh never ceases to amaze his audience with the perfect artistry. In this painting, he encapsulates a bisque toned lady with wide set brown eyes and a lovely Greek nose as she flies a kite. Her countenance is blessed with salmon colored lips that twitch in a suppressed smile, contrasting her high arch rounded eyebrows and the curled lock of hair that rests on her sideburn. The plump faced lady is appareled in a short bright thulian tinged crop top choli, sewn with astounding golden gotas, coupling this outfit with a crimson red cotton lehenga, bordered with a royal blue gota that is embellished with beautiful golden floral designs and eye-catching beads. A translucent algae green dupatta imprinted with sequins and splendidly colored flowers drapes down her beautiful charcoal black hair styling to envelop her as it twists around her waist. The fantabulous lass is festooned with a copper gold and silver arm ring that goes along with her royal choker necklace that is embossed with lovely solitaires, extending over to a multi-layered pearl opera, studded with breathtaking gemstones. She wears a crème white ersatz nose ring, combining it with her distinguished dangling jhumkas, debossed in a ravishing outlook, thus complimenting her silver beady headpiece and the stunning Tuscany bangles that clasp her string holding hands.

She is accompanied by an equally elegant caramel complexioned woman whose countenance is adorned with thin lips and a fantastic aquiline nose that enhance her wide round eyes which are protected by her soft angled eyebrows. This lass is dressed in an exotic olive-green crop top choli and a remarkable amber colored pleated lehenga that is imprinted with gorgeous flowers, painted in bright red and dark green colors. A superb diaphanous dusty amethyst dupatta embossed with gleaming green tinsel like sequins envelop the woman as she outfits it in a glamorous way. She is adorned in jewelries that matches those of her female partner except for her drop shaped headpiece that hangs over her silky hair as she takes hold of the beige colored manja dor.

The background is illustrated to exhibit a fort like architecture, capturing many mosques and protruding minarets along with multiple archetypal domes that are colored in pretty crème white, bronze and golden tints contrasted by a dusty steel blue water that flows in a rectangular pond as three medallion tinged swans swim in the lush green bushes' decorated pool. The Carolina blue cloudy sky is filled with a dozen of soaring kites that are hued in exotic colors, going along with the bright golden cage which captivates a shining pine green parrot as it rests over the cemented flooring. This amazing scene is pictured with a lovely picturesque rectangular enclosure, emblazoned with vibrant painted kites that distinguish the perfect floral motifs embellished on the canvas and even a few more prominent tinted kites that spread on the floor with sharp red and blue manja dors that rest on the ground. This painting turns out to be a perfect match for those who seek paintings from the ancient mughal eras as they are an excellent reminder of the old yet alive culture, portraying the mixed feelings of ecstasy and imprisonment, depicting a parrot who is caged despite the kite flying season, in this fine piece of art.

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Cream Stole from Kashmir with Hand-Embroidered Multicolor flowers All-Over

Cream Stole from Kashmir with Hand-Embroidered Multicolor flowers All-Over

If you are a lover of ethnic fashion, your wardrobe is not quite complete without Kashmiri woollens. Not only are these shawls made from the finest-quality wool in the world, the rich embroidery they come with are endemic to the region in terms of technique and motifs. The one you see on this page is a quintessentially Kashmiri number. A solid pristine foundation, check. Dense embroidery finished entirely by hand, check. Motifs of flowers found in abundance in the valley, check.

Note the signature colour palette of this shawl. Tints of warm pastels such as orange and mauve and red, of flowers gathered in bunches of three across the field of the shawl. The flowers are interspersed with vines of the most beauteous colours - soft red blooms, mauve and orange blossoms in multiple shades and tints, and a profusion of green and brown tendrils. A shawl as exquisite as this is just the thing to layer over your choicest Indian sarees and suits.

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Perch Parrot With Richly Detailed Plumage

Perch Parrot With Richly Detailed Plumage

The temples of the South are known for their magnificence. They are usually the tallest structures in their respective vicinity, richly carved with images that capture the imagination of the devoted. A whole genre of contemporary sculptural art in India is devoted to replicating the images that grace the exterior of these ancient temples. These images surround the central deity of the temple in question and could be found anywhere from just outside the garbhagrha (housing the central deity) to the spire of the temple itself.

The visual of pastel-coloured wood is a very Southern thing in Indian art. Zoom in on the skilful serrations of the parrot’s richly detailed plumage and the stylised lotus pedestal it is perched on. An example of temple-style architecture, it is probably inspired by a decorative edge of the cornice at some ancient temple. The stance is like it is watching over the devotees that step in and out of the temple of their lord or Devi.

The protrusion of the breast is at a sharp angle to the curve of the neck, adding an impression of the dynamic to this work. Note the gracious silhouette of its wings in motion, the restful state of its tail, and the half-open beak that is indicative of the creature’s level of engagement with the object before it.

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Amber Crown Pendant

Amber Crown Pendant

"Being a veteran in this business, Exotic India Art definitely knows what it's doing. All jewelry are sourced and brought to you after a strict selection and eye for trends.

The pendant is squarish with rounded edges. Encasing it is sterling silver that entwines at the top into circular weaves, representing balance; the birth and result of life. The amber is further crowned with a larger half-moon frame on both sides, weaving into two larger swirls. In the middle of the amber pendant is a flower emblem, serving as a reminder to, and representation of the wearer's youthfulness, curiosity, and tenacity in life.

The jewelry has a certain heft to it and does not feel cheap. Yet, it does not weigh down heavily on the wearer causing discomfort. Great as a gift for your loved one to show appreciation to them for all that they have done. This beautiful piece is sourced and brought to you by Exotic India Art. Only available here, while stocks last."

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Shah Jahan

Shah Jahan

The ancient nostalgia strikes right back with this watercolor masterpiece as Kailash Raj encapsulates the Mughal Emperor and Premier, Shah Jehan with his lovely brush strokes. He is depicted as a medium brown olive undertoned prince whose countenance is adorned with thin black rounded eyebrows complimented by his lovely almond shaped eyes that are hooded with thick lashes. A firm Greek nose is illustrated in his face with a short philtrum that show out his full lips. His facial hair is neatly trimmed to exhibit a sophisticated ducktail beard and thick sideburns that etch the canvas.

The royal is appareled in a chiffon white jama that is emblazoned with aqua white drop shaped stones, fastened around his body with a vibrant motif waistband tinted in an amber and watermelon orange tint, coupled with his bright yellow churidar pajamas which are embellished with yellow and green checkered lines. His feet are gracefully decorated with an olive painted khussa with golden imprints along with a fire yellow stripe of vibrant floral pattern envelops it.

The prince's ears are ornamented with pearl hoops and a tri-layered white pearl opera with lovely gemstones drapes over his chest. A thin brown belt goes diagonally from his left shoulder down his waist. An old fashioned dagger with a gold plated handle is sheathed in a leather covering embossed with intricate black-gold designs. The geezer's wrists are graced with sparkling silver bracelets and expensive stone embedded rings. His unkempt hair is cleverly covered in a cotton turban that is illustrated in vivacious colors and beady strands that droop over every pleat, luring the spectators. A strong blackish silver shield peaks across his thighs as the Highness takes on a grim expression with his eyes fixed in an infinite direction while a gloomy backdrop lingers over the spectators quite mysteriously making it your first and best shopping item.

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Aluminum-Grey Uppada Sari from Bangalore with Zari-Woven Motifs on Border and Pallu

Aluminum-Grey Uppada Sari from Bangalore with Zari-Woven Motifs on Border and Pallu

Bangalore is famous for producing the fine weave of the famous Uppada sarees. A geographical indicator of the East Godavari district, these silk sarees are the more understated versions of the sumptuous silks of the South (think Kanjeevarams, Mysore silks, and Kondrads). No Indian bridal trousseau is complete without a handful of carefully selected Uppadas, as they are indispensable for one’s post-wedding obligations. The one you see on this page is fit to be worn to poojas as well as formal gatherings and weddings.

The pale charcoal field features dense floral tendril motifs. The same is superimposed with large gold lotus-shaped booties. More gold zariwork (gold-thread embroidery, a distinctly Persian influence on Indian heritage fashion) is to be found in dense proportions on the thick border of this number. The infusion of sindoori pink on the endpiece adds a world of feminine appeal to the colour palette. Zoom in on the luxuriant motifs woven onto the pink of the endpiece and the fine motifs along the border.

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