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Lord Hanuman Within The Moon

Lord Hanuman Within The Moon

A soothing image of the Lord Hanuman, within the orb of the pristine moon. In His characteristic warrior stance, He stands on a piece of verdure with His feet apart, a gigantic mace in one of His hands and the other raised in blessing. Devotee of Lord Rama, saviour of His brother Lakshmana, Lord Hanuman is the ashtasiddhi- and navanidhi-bestower. He has the flawless complexion and the supple musculature of the accomplished yogi, adorned as He is with a silk loincloth and ample gold jewellery.

The elements that surround His central figure typically belong to the traditional thangka tradition. A solid-coloured halo, through which swishes the great tail of the Lord. An oval-shaped aureole, serrated from the centre outwards. Note the curvaceous motifs that are painted along its edge. An imposing vine with vibrant leaves and flowers grows to one side of the aureole, while dense undergrowth, the kind that are to be found in the mid-reaches of the Himalayas, defines the rest of the frame. Each of these aspects are decidedly thangka in style, and add to the divine presence of Lord Hanuman in this composition.

The dusk of the background is permeated by the rays of the luminous moon, a fine red lining setting off its glow. Note the numerous stars studded in the heavens that shine in homage to the glamour of Lord Hanuman.

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Burnt-Ochre Palazzo Salwar Kameez Lawn Suit with Mughal Print

Burnt-Ochre Palazzo Salwar Kameez Lawn Suit with Mughal Print

If you are looking for the perfect dress to wear to a distant cousin’s or friend’s wedding ritual, this palazzo suit would serve just the purpose. It is just the right blend of ornate and understated - nothing too gaudy, but featuring an unusual print that is downright glamorous. Palazzos are indubitably the most fashionable style of trousers, and not only in terms of ethnic fashion; couple that with the foundation baked brick colour of this dress, and you are all set to make a powerful statement.

The same is superimposed with a carefully designed print in rich gold and green colours. The motifs are miniscule and intricate. Zoom in on the tapering bust, the long loose sleeves, and the length of the kameez in order to appreciate the work. Note the luxuriant dupatta and the boat-shaped neckline. The style is distinctly medieval and Mughal, making for an appeal that is regal and superbly feminine.

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Pitcher Of Plenitude

Pitcher Of Plenitude

The sacred pitcher occupies pride of place in the Indian home. Usually placed afore the altar of one’s ishtahead in the poojana-kaksha, its particular arrangement called a kalasha is of especial ceremonial significance. The one that you see on this page is a handheld brass pitcher; its wide mouth is to be plugged with a bed of mango leaves, on which a coconut is to be lain as an offering. Such a poornakalasha (whole vessel, referring to the arrangement) is the ritual personification of plenty and prosperity.

A preeminently Vedic motif, the kalasha is integral to Jain dharma as well as Indian art and architecture of as early as the 5th century. Symbolically, it contains amrta (the elixir of life) and bestows immortality as well as the wisdom required to sustain it. Not only is it a liturgical element, but it is also found in abundance in Indian iconography - say, in one or two of the hands of the trinity or any of the devis. This finely finished, thick-mouthed pitcher would be a valuable addition to your ritual implements.

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Ruby and Rainbow Moonstone Flowers

Ruby and Rainbow Moonstone Flowers

The pristine beauty of the opalescent moonstone is set off by the deep, almost powerful crimson of the rubies. A carefully polished moonstone in the centre is surrounded by minuscule rubies, each cut and set with a high degree of jeweller’s skill and precision. While the milky hue of the moonstone draws all light in, the rubies glimmer as they reflect the same. No wonder these statement tops on your earlobes would catch a world of attention as you motion your head.

The moonstone is a soothing, cooling gemstone. It is ideal for those with too much rajas (activity) in their constitution, as it has a calming effect on the wearer. Rubies aid personal success and self-preservation; coupled with a dominant moonstone, it makes for an auspicious, life-affirming combination. Team these beautiful, feminine tops with an evening saree or Indian suit to up the glamour quotient of any gala you walk into.

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The Royal Couple on Swing

The Royal Couple on Swing

The porcelain toned lady with exquisite facial features, looks away, in the lovely piece of art, as she is appareled in a fire yellow, cotton lehenga that is emblazoned with scarlet red and emerald green floral motifs, which goes along with her glittery ballet slipper crop top choli. Despite the revealing element of her outfit, she conceals her bare skin with a gleaming white full sleeve inner which skillfully camouflages in the brush strokes, with her golden bangles that adorn her thin hands. A lapis blue, waist flare that is embellished with sequins drapes down her thighs as her translucent, carolina blue dupatta with a thick golden lace sways in the air with each swing. Her beauty is enhanced with a lovely quartz crystal set, that comprises of a breathtaking opera and a choker necklace, combining with valuable drop earrings which beautify her beady brooch.

The painting even captures her better half, who protectively swings the entrancing lady. The handsome man is encapsulated as a possessor of a fawn colored countenance adorned with a thin imperial moustache. The Royal geezer is appareled in a light lava silver jama that drops down his ankles, swaddled in a tawny brown and golden stripped choga, revealing the silver cloth below his arms. A cinnamon brown, tuscany thread-embroidered turban sets down over his frizzy, unkempt hair, as a lavender shaded and orange tinted dupatta entangles in his manly wrists. He is emblazoned with ravishing white pearl ear tops and an elegantly layered opera that droops down his neck.

Although, this scene of giving one's lover a splendid ride should show cheerfulness, the illustrator has portrayed both the characters to look away, instead of smiling, a grim expression drenches their face, complimented with the pale and dusty fern green trees, depicting their despising lives, making it a painting with an intriguing secret, worth working out.

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Ikat Bedspread Hand-Woven in Pochampally

Ikat Bedspread Hand-Woven in Pochampally

Nothing like a beautifully woven, pure cotton bedspread that lies invitingly on your bed. The one that you see on this bed is a gorgeously coloured, ikat-woven number fashioned from pure homegrown cotton. A distinct decorative weaving technique, ikat’s finish comes from the resist-dyeing that the warp and weft yarns are individually subject to prior to being woven. The result is an impressionistic fabric emerging straight from the loom.

Note the signature crisped-up edges and the bleeding colours of this bedspread. It comes from the dye creeping up at the edges due to the binding, which never bounces back once it is rewoven. It comes in two varieties of dominant colour - a rich yolky yellow and a misty glade green, each of which promises to set a different mood in your bedroom. Bright red and white constitute the colour palette of the motifs in the foreground.

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Padmasana Lord Ganesha

Padmasana Lord Ganesha

Very little of the wooden superstructures of Southern temples has survived the ravages of time. From the little that could be found in the hinterlands, modern-day artisans have developed a contemporary sculptural tradition. A fine example of the same is to be seen on this page, a seated Lord Ganesha that would have likely graced the exterior walls of an ancient temple of the South. Note how replete the work is with traditional elements of His iconography.

From the serrations on the trunk and the tattoos on His ears to the detailed shringar and the folds of His dhoti - each aspect of this work has been sculpted in wood with the highest order of skilled handiwork and precision. A large lotus in full bloom constitutes His throne, which itself is placed on a pedestal carved with lotus petals. Note the Shaivite tilak beneath the close-set crown, indicative of His parentage, and the expression of innocence and wisdom in His lifelike eyes.

The Lord is seated in lalitasana. He is chaturbhujadhari (four-armed), bearing the divine elements of conch and lotus and laddoo. No Ganesha murti is complete without the laddoo, which is as integral to His iconography as His vahana the mouse itself. He takes great pleasure in the Indian sweetmeat, which explains why most of the offerings made to Him by loving devotees are of homemade laddooes.

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Lapis Lazuli Ethnic Necklace with Earrings Set

Lapis Lazuli Ethnic Necklace with Earrings Set

Nothing like a statement neckpiece set to go with a traditional saree or Indian suit. The one that you see on this page is of sterling silver make; chunky in terms of style, yet of a decidedly stately aura. A necklace of minimally latticeworked silver bits, from which dangles a series of five identical medallions fashioned from solid silver. Zoom in on the embossed motifs on the same, in order to appreciate the skill and precision that have gone into the work.

Bits of curvaceous lapis lazuli dangle from the medallions. Teamed with a saree or a suit of inky blue colour, the same would glow against the decolletage revealed by a low-cut blouse or kameez. The luscious danglers that complement the neckpiece feature the same medallion and strip of lapis lazuli, with a little silver chunk in a richly detailed triangular shape to fasten on to the earlobe. This neckpiece set would be a fine pick for a glamorous evening do with a traditional spin.

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Punishment

Punishment

A masterpiece in his own, Kailash Raj has worked his magic again with this valuable piece as he encapsulates a violent Mughal punishment scene yet portrays it beautifully. A porcelain complexioned man with a Verdi beard and closed eyes is crucified over a pronged wooden board that extends down to show a window like rectangular piece carved in maroon Arabic writings. He is appareled in a faun and bleach white tunic, etched with fine Arabic calligraphy that reveals his pale shin as his shoulder succumbs to the sharp spear's attack, oozing with scarlet blood which sprays itself all over him.

He is attacked by a total of ten different complexioned Mughal men whilst his legs are held down by only two if them. All the geezers are dressed in vibrant Mughal jamas and indic turbans that droop backwards. They attack the guilty man in various ways, be it an AK-47 like Enfield cartridge gun or a stabbing sword even including the protruding arrows and the violent spears. This agonizing moment is framed in a lovely six layered rectangular frame that is hued in Yale blue, light brown and a dusty golden color and is festooned with stunning floral motifs that are finely painted in yellow to contrast the sage tinted background.

In the Mughal period, this punishment was known as impaling. In simple words, it meant to kill a political criminal, who was charged with governmental treason, with various weapons mostly spears whilst he was crucified on a cross-like structure. The painter has exquisitely entranced us in the melancholic charm of this illustration, making it one of our favorites and driving us to buy this amazing beauty.

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Gravel-Beige Uppada Fusion Sari from Bangalore with Zari-Woven Trees All-Over

Gravel-Beige Uppada Fusion Sari from Bangalore with Zari-Woven Trees All-Over

An eclectic mix of Uppada’s traditional weave and Bangalore’s contemporary appeal, this one-of-a-kind saree would be a valuable addition to your wardrobe. Clearly a handloom number, it is made from pure homegrown silk and is fit to be worn to the finest weddings and parties of the season. The bitone colour palette is the most statement-making aspect of this saree - solid gravelly cream on the field, a seductive dash of scarlet on the endpiece. Undertones of gold throughout the region of both colours.

Zoom in on the Bodhi tree motifs woven onto the silk. Note the distinction between the curvaceous branches and the lush verdure amidst them, each finished with identical precision and persistence on the part of the artisan. The endpiece features the same motifs, only larger. They are superimposed over miniscule panels of simple, traditional motifs such as paisleys and triangles. This head-turning number is best teamed with the finest pieces from your gold collection.

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