A delicately coloured depiction of the all-powerful Pancamukha Hanuman. The word ‘pancamukha’ is a portmanteau of ‘panca’, which means five, and ‘mukha’, which means face. The origin of the five-faced roopa (form) of Lord Hanuman lies in the Ramayana, specifically in the rescue mission He undertook for Rama and Lakshmana when they were caught in patala.
The ten arms of the Lord convey His great strength and yogic prowess. Each pair of hands is a distinct colour, in keeping with the complexion of Hayagreeva, Garuda, Hanuman, Narasimha, and Varaha, respectively. A palette of soft pastel basics that serves to bring out the gracious colour of gold superimposed strategically across the canvas.
The proportion of gesso and, in turn, gold in this composition makes this a valuable work of art. On the five crowns of the Panchamukha Hanuman, the attire and adornment on His form, the plinth upon which He stands as well as the miniature snake curled up at its centre, and the Kirtimukham temple-entrance structure above His head.
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