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Tanjore Paintings – art in gold

One of the glorious art forms that flourish till day is Tanjore painting (Thanjavur Oviyam). This type of painting originated in around 1600 AD in Thanjavur, a town in South India. The then rulers of Thanjavur, the Nayakas encouraged this art form and has since been regarded as a royal art.

Example of a Tanjore Painting Work:

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These paintings are done on wooden planks and are adorned with gold sheets or foils and gem stones. A thick cloth is pasted over the base and a preliminary sketch is made. Due to the richness of these paintings, they are regarded as a collectible by art lovers. An adhesive mixed with zinc oxide is then applied and the complete drawing is made. After this, the gold foils and gemstones are used to add the additional sheen to the painting. Metallic colour dyes are finally used to add colour to the painting.

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Due to the quality of materials used these paintings last for decades.

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Most of the artists paint images of Gods and Goddesses in different postures, symbolizing different epics and mythologies. Nowadays, due to the global reach of these paintings, these paintings portray various other images as well.

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