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Thanjavur Painting of Ganesha Writing Mahabharat

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Thanjavur Painting of Ganesha Writing Mahabharat - 12 inches x 10 inches
Product SKU : TLH-74158
Size : 5.1 x 24.13 x 29.21 cm

This Thanjavur Paintings depicts Ganesha writing the story of Mahabarata, our paintings says that the sage Vyasa asked Ganesha to transcribe the poem as he dictated it to him. Ganesha agreed, but only on the condition that Vyasa recite the poem uninterrupted, without pausing. The sage, in his turn, posed the condition that Ganesha would not only have to write, but would have to understand everything that he heard before writing it down.. The frame is made from hardwood and is in the Chettinad style. Some parts of the painting are embossed by painting with a mixture of chalk powder and arabic gum (gesso work). This painting took a master craftsman almost a month to complete.

Thanjavur (Tanjore) is an ancient city built in the fertile delta of the Cauvery river in Tamil Nadu, around 350 kilometres from Chennai (Madras). It is here that this style of painting was developed during the rule of the Marathas during the 17th & 19th centuries. Raja Sarabhoji (Serfoji II), who belonged to the Bhonsle clan of Marathas and descended from Chhatrapati Shivaji’s half brother Venkoji, played a crucial role in nurturing this art form. 

The easiest way to differentiate between Thanjavur & Mysore paintings is that the former uses a lot of gemstones and gold leaf, whereas the latter has more intricate details and doesn’t have any gemstones. 

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Description Thanjavur Painting of Ganesha Writing Mahabharat - 12 inches x 10 inches
Product SKU : TLH-74158
Size : 5.1 x 24.13 x 29.21 cm

This Thanjavur Paintings depicts Ganesha writing the story of Mahabarata, our paintings says that the sage Vyasa asked Ganesha to transcribe the poem as he dictated it to him. Ganesha agreed, but only on the condition that Vyasa recite the poem uninterrupted, without pausing. The sage, in his turn, posed the condition that Ganesha would not only have to write, but would have to understand everything that he heard before writing it down.. The frame is made from hardwood and is in the Chettinad style. Some parts of the painting are embossed by painting with a mixture of chalk powder and arabic gum (gesso work). This painting took a master craftsman almost a month to complete.

Thanjavur (Tanjore) is an ancient city built in the fertile delta of the Cauvery river in Tamil Nadu, around 350 kilometres from Chennai (Madras). It is here that this style of painting was developed during the rule of the Marathas during the 17th & 19th centuries. Raja Sarabhoji (Serfoji II), who belonged to the Bhonsle clan of Marathas and descended from Chhatrapati Shivaji’s half brother Venkoji, played a crucial role in nurturing this art form. 

The easiest way to differentiate between Thanjavur & Mysore paintings is that the former uses a lot of gemstones and gold leaf, whereas the latter has more intricate details and doesn’t have any gemstones. 

Brands TLH
Sub-Category Thanjavur Paintings
Type No
Material Gold Leaf, Semi Precious Stones
Pattern No
Size No
Collection No
Color No