Rama Tanjore

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A beautiful Rama Tanjore in gold foil and hues of light red and green depicting Lord Rama with his consort Sita, brother Lakshmana and devotee Hanuman. The gold-toned leaf worked frame brings forth the vivid opulent gold essence of the painting. Rama is a major deity in Hinduism and is worshipped as the seventh avatar of Vishnu. This painting is a part of a series of Tanjore's commissioned by Ananya for our collection 'Devam' from an artist in the temple town of Thanjavur in southern India. 

 

A classical artform from southern India, Thanjavur painting also known as Tanjore painting is a celebration of south India's rich artistic tradition, named after the Temple town of Thanjavur in the state of Tamil Nadu, in Southern India. Tanjore as an art form, finds its genesis in the early 1600s,, under  Vijayanagara Rayas who administered their vast kingdom in southern India through the Nayaka Governors who were great patrons of art and literature. In the late 16 th century the Maratha rule was established in this region and it was during this time that Tanjore painting truly flourished and is said to have reached its zenith under the Maratha court of king Serfoji 11.

Tanjore paintings are characterized by deities from the Hindu Mythology painted in vivid colors, and  set in lush gold foil. Pure harmony and well-rounded forms are a distinct emotional essence of this art form. Luxurious gold leaf foil, inlaid with semi-precious and sometimes precious gems adorns the ornaments, arches, and deities. Tanjore's are panel paintings done on wooden planks and also referred to as Palagai Padam [palagai-wooden plank, Padam - painting]. Artists used natural colours like vegetable and mineral dyes. Apart from the Gold leaf technique, the Tanjores are also known for their Gesso work which skillfully elevates the main characters and bordering arches from the surface to give some Tanjores an opulent three-dimensional depth.

Traditionally this art form was imbibed and executed by artists, wherein episodes from Hindu Vedic scriptures were visualized, traced, and painted with the main figure placed in the central section of the painting mostly within an architecturally delineated space referred to as a 'Prabhavali'.The art was by and large a sacred task to be performed with a large degree of ritual purity and humility by the master craftsmen, many of whom chose to remain anonymous and true to the Indian artistic tradition. In modern times these beautiful paintings are reminiscent of our rich ancient Indian Art and take forth the timeless legacy of Indian heritage.

Product Dimensions (including frame): 72 cms [height] x 57cms [width] 

Country of Origin: India

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