Bring home the Vighnaharta, the remover of obstacles, in all resplendent glory with this Thanjavur or Tanjore painting. Made to impeccable perfection in vibrant hues and sparkle of 22 carat gold foil and semi-precious stones, this Tanjore painting is a great way to add brilliance and positivity to your decor. The strokes of the artiste perfectly capture the divine figure of Lord Ganesha seated on a lotus. The eyes look tranquil and compassionate. It is as if we are plunged in the merciful grace of the lord. The ears of the 'Pratham Pujya' _the one who is worshiped first_are large enough to hear all. The upper hands hold a lotus, noose and a hatchet, which signify that worldly attachments need to be removed for enlightenment. The lower left hand holds modaks, which signify the rewards of a wise life, and the lower right hand is in a blessing pose, to show that the lord blesses all. The pot belly of the Lambodara _the Lord with a huge belly _is large enough to hold all wisdom and all life. At the feet of Ganesha is Mooshika (a mouse) the vahana (the mount) of the lord; the mouse being still and looking up to the Lord signifies that even the most restless person will be at peace in the presence of Ganesha.
This divine figure is set in a dark blue background that is outlined with intricate overlaying of gold foil and colourful semi-precious stones. The gold overlay is fringed by a contrasting dark brown carved wooden frame -- overall a beautiful colour scheme.
Renowned worldwide as one of India's greatest traditional art forms, Tanjore painting is a sought-after collectible. It even has the recognition of Geographical Indication, certifying its conformance to traditional methods, its qualities and reputation.