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

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This special Tanjore painting describes the court (darbar) of a great Vaishnava and the destroyer of the material world, Lord Shiva. He not only is a great ascetic or yogi but is also a dutiful husband and father. The special characteristic of Tanjore paintings is their aesthetic look due to the embellishment with pure gold studded with tiny shining stones.  

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Item Code: PAA107
Dimensions 52 inch x 43.5 inch x 4 inch (With Frame)
34.5 inch x 34.5 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 23.65 kg
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Set in a special teakwood frame with beautiful carvings, the painting gloriously depicts Lord Shiva seated on a throne set above a couple of stairs covered with a red carpet. The white clouds float in the sky as they welcome the sun and the moon together to glow over them. Mahadev sits in lalitasana and is unprecedently clad in a bright yellow dhoti. He who wears a serpent around his neck is now adorned with long and thick neckpieces, and in place of his matted hair being gathered as a crown, a jeweled crown is worn on his head. He lifts his lower right hand in Abhaya Mudra (the gesture of fearlessness) while his upper right hand holding an axe. The eternal consort and the internal potency of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, is seated on his lap. She is graciously attired in a saree and places her right hand over the lord’s shoulder. The people assembled in the darbar humbly fold their before the lord and the goddess. Among them, Lord Kartikeya, the elder son of Lord Shiva in his six-headed and four-armed form can also be seen folding his hands. Their second son Lord Ganesha stands before them in a humble state. The great Narad Muni also stands beside Goddess Parvati and smiles while the glorification of Lord Shiva takes place. Nandi, the faithful mount of the lord, sits and serves his master’s lotus feet.


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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