Subject: Tanjore Painting
Paint Material: Opaque watercolors, Brass/Gold foil & emboss
Base Material: Wood Fiberboard (unframed)
Size: 10 in. wide X 12 in. (25.5 cms X 30.5 cms)
Age: Modern Handmade Art
Country of origin: India
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With a flower in their hands, they each ride a richly adorned elephant towards each other. The abundance of decorative elements tells a story… they are royalty from Mughal, India. Their eyes tell an even more important tale… they are in love.
You’ll immediately notice that despite its small size, no details have been spared — from the intricately lined elephant skin, to the decadent jewel tone swirls and leaf work on the elephants covering, to the stones directly embossed into the painting. It’s a historical step back to the 16th century when works of art like this was commissioned for Indian royalty.
This pair of Mughal Miniature Paintings (known as ambabari elephant art of Jaipur, India) was handmade in the Tanjore style.
Tanjore painting is a classical South Indian painting style, which was inaugurated from the town of Thanjavur (anglicized as Tanjore) in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India. The art form draws its sources and inspiration from about 1600 AD, a period when the leaders of Thanjavur encouraged all forms of art.
Modern Tanjore paintings are panel paintings done over a wooden base. The paintings are decorated by gilded and gem-set technique, where gold (or gold/brass as in this artwork) leaves & sparkling synthetic stones are used to highlight and create a 3D relief effect on certain aspects of the painting like ornaments, dresses etc. to give the painting an ornate look.
In Tanjore paintings one can see the influence of Deccani, Vijayanagar, Maratha and even European styles of painting. Both religious and secular subjects are depicted in Tanjore paintings.
You’ll be amazed by the level of intricacy in such a small amount of space. And whether it hangs on a wall or rests on a mantle, this one of a kind collectible is guaranteed to make a beautiful addition to your collection.
NOTE: You will get two separate pieces of artwork with this purchase.