Large Bhakta Kannappa - Story of Bhagawan Shiva and A True Devotee |Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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A scene of true devotion is depicted in this Tanjore painting, where an idol of Lord Shiva in cerulean stands in contrast to the dramatic, red backdrop. Kannappa, as he was called, was a forest hunter by profession. On one of his excursions, he saw Lord Shiva’s idol among the trees and began to offer his prayers daily. He would make a garland of forest flowers and hunt forest animals to bring to his lord. However, a priest who was taking care of the temple started feeling uneasy about the way the temple was handled by the hunter and he complained to the lord about it. The Lord replied that Kannapa was a true devotee and told the priest to come again another day to witness his prayers. Kannapa came to make his prayers while the priest hid behind a tree and watched him. Ruby red droplets of blood formed on the idol and began to fall from the lord’s eye. Kannapa blinded himself so Lord Shiva could see better. His love was so overwhelming that the lord appeared before him and embraced him with love. This Tanjore painting is studded with stones and etched in gold, the gleam of them adding to the sanctity of this scene.

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Item Code: PX83
Tanjore PaintingTraditional Colors with 24 Karat Gold
Dimensions 33 inch x 27.5 (With Frame)
29 inch x 23 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 8.90 kg
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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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