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Ganesha Tanjore Painting

Ganesha Tanjore Painting

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Origin: It was originated during 16 century AD under the reign of Maratha rulers. Tanjore painting is also known as Palagai padam, as it is etched on the wooden planks. Tanjore paintings are famous and are marked as the geographical indication of Thanjavur.  

Technique: Ethnic version of the base was created by pasting cotton cloth on the wooden plank (originally from Jackfruit tree) by using tamarind seed paste. The background is made from shades of white, yellow, green, and blue. The prime figurine is painted with deeper hues of green, blue, and red.  Natural dyes were used to paint. The painting is layered to give more realistic and three-dimensional look. The final layer of the painting is smeared with the foil of 22-carat gold and heavy ornamentation is done using precious gems as a part of the decoration. The deities had plump, round faces and eyes which were the unique and beautiful feature of this painting.

Modernization: In recent days, these classic paintings are incorporated into decor as wall hangings, wall plates, vases, throw pillow cases, and dresses.
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