Standing Navaneeta Krishna Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Handmade

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This superfine Tanjore painting portrays the All-Auspicious Supreme Lord Krishna who appeared in the holy land of Braja and performed various wonderful pastimes to exchange unconditional love among His beloved devotees who loved Him with all their heart and soul. Although Krishna appeared just like an ordinary child, all the residents of Vrindavan loved His association and always remained very eager to see His moonlike face. Krishna being the source of all pleasure gave them the highest form of pleasure. 

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Item Code: PAA356
Dimensions 54.50 inch Height X 30.50 inch Width X 6.00 inch Depth
Weight: 28.80 kg
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Krishna’s bodily features are very attractive and enchanting; the soft and gentle smile on His moonlike face is sweeter than honey, His eyes appear like the sun and moon, His eyebrows are like the arrows that pierce everyone’s hearts softly and lovingly, His lips are as red as a Bimba fruit. Krishna, the ever-youthful, eternal, and ocean of beauty stands with a Surabhi Cow of Vrindavan. He is also known as ‘Gopala’ and ‘Govinda’ because He is the protector of Cows and gives pleasure to them. In this magnificent Tanjore style painting, the All-Attractive Lord Krishna stands putting His lotus hands-on His curvaceous waist, tilts His delicate neck toward one side, and brings a soft and gentle smile on His face. Krishna’s sweet smile is very pleasing to see. He is clad in a perfectly wrapped dhoti around the waist and legs down to His ankles. His beauty excels even that of thousands of cupids. He holds His divine flute ‘Venu’ in His right hand, the transcendental sound of which, enchants every living entity of Vrindavan and they develop immense love for Him. He is elaborately decorated with several ornaments around His neck and the effulgence of ‘Kaustubha gem’ in His necklace drives away the ignorance of the jivas of this material world.


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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