The Madhubani painting that you see on this page depicts a standing Hayagreeva. He is chaturbhujadhari, the one possessed of (‘dhari’) four (‘chatur’) arms (‘bhuja’), and dressed in a dhoti and angavastram. Princely adornments grace His neck and wrists. But for the left anterior hand which is bare, He holds a pothi, a lotus, and a noose (anti-clockwise) in His hands. His head is turned to one side to reveal to the onlooker the lateral profile of His equine face. There is great depth and calm in the eye of Lord Hayagreeva.
In keeping with the traditional style of this folk art form, the palette is limited to two colours - dense black lines and closed curves against a canvas of yellowish cream and a background of thick brushstrokes in bright ochre. A halo made of filled-in concentric circles, whose diametre is half the stature of the figure. Skewed proportion of form coupled with high-precision workmanship make this a characteristic yet exceptional composition.
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