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

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This painting captures the most wonderful amalgamation of Lord Shiva with his eternal consort, Goddess Parvati, who is also his internal potency and energy. The word Ardhanarishvara is a blend of two words; “Ardha” meaning “Half”, “Nari” meaning “Female” and “Ishvara” meaning “Lord”, which comes out to be the “Half-Female Lord”. The description of the fusion of Shiva and Parvati’s powers as one is in itself a beautiful art, and what to speak of the beauty of Tanjore style artwork which is altogether unique and attractive. 

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Item Code: PAA260
Dimensions 27 inch x 21.5 inch x 2 inch (With Frame)
23 inch x 17 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 6.28 kg

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This chaturbhuja (four-handed) Ardhanarishvara form describes two halves split from the middle. The right half is shown as Lord shiva whose body complexion is bluish like the sky. Half of his matted hair is gathered to form a crown on his head which beholds a crescent moon on it. He has a broad chest and is adorned with a serpent and a string of rudraksh beads around his neck. Unprecedently clad in a bright yellow dhoti down to his ankles and a tiger’s skin (baag chhaal) reaching his knees. His upper hand holds a long Trident (Trishul) with a Dumroo attached to it, while the lower hand is in Abhaya Mudra. The left half of the form shows Goddess Parvati attired in a beautiful pink saree. She appears just like the glowing sun as she is ornamented with several jewels on her molten gold complexioned body. She holds a lotus flower in her upper hand while her lower hand hangs down. Although a soft smile on her face describes her merciful nature, she also represents the power of being the energy behind all the activities of her husband. Both Shiva and Parvati are accompanied by their mounts, Nandi the sacred bull and a lion respectively. 

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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