Lord Shiva with Parvati Seated on Nandi Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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Tanjore paintings are well known for their use of pure gold embellishment and combination of vivid colors to beautify the devotional icons. Similar is this painting in which Lord Shiva, also known as ‘Mahadev’, and his eternal consort and internal potency, Goddess Parvati, along with the mount of Lord Shiva, Nandi, the sacred Bull, have been depicted. Lord Shiva is the predominating deity of Tamo Guna (mode of ignorance), and therefore, is responsible for the destruction of the material world in order to start a new cycle of repeated births and deaths, and Goddess Parvati is the energy behind this act of the Lord. He rides on Nandi, who is always loyal to his master. 

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Item Code: PAA248
Dimensions 27.5 inch x 21.5 inch x 2 inch (With Frame)
23 inch x 17 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 4.94 kg
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As you can see here, Lord Shiva sits in Ardhapadmasana on the pure white Nandi who is adorned with several ornaments including a chain of tinkling bells around his neck. He is always ready to serve his Lord with pure devotion and looks upon him with his eyes filled with pure love. The Lord is unprecedently clad in a bright yellow dhoti down to his ankles and adorned with a huge crown on his head, which is unusual. Instead of the garland of skulls around his neck, he has worn heavy neckpieces and a flower garland can also be seen around his shoulders. He has four arms; the two upper hands carry a musical instrument called ‘Dumroo’ and a flame, while the lower hands are in the boon granting Varada Mudra and the gesture of fearlessness Abhaya Mudra. Next to him is seated Goddess Parvati who is beautifully attired in a silk saree with typical South Indian motifs. She is bedecked with several jewels and wears a crown on her head. Her complexion is similar to the fresh leaves of autumn season while Lord Shiva’s is fair. The Prabhavali or arch surrounding them adds to the aesthetics of the painting and the way everything has been embellished with the sequences of shining stones is praiseworthy.

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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