Ganesh on Lotus
Embossed Meenakari Ganesh on Marble
Lord Ganesha is widely worshipped in Indian tradition. He is considered as God of knowledge and good luck. It is customary to have image of Ganesha in home or workplace in Hinduism. The other tradition in India is of colorfully decorating animals with bells, clothes, colorful robes and other decorative. The artist has tried to recreate the image of almighty Ganesh with ladoo, an Indian sweet which is favourite of Lord Ganesha, in his hand. The jewels are made up of plastic or glass. The painting is layered one and gives 3D characteristic. 24 carat gold foil is used in this painting.
The painting is painted on marble. A fresh white marble slab is first selected. It is then cut into desired shape and size. Thereafter Marble surface is polished. A rough sketch is drawn on the surface and that area is lightly roughened. Later the painting is drawn on that surface.
Miniature paintings are paintings painted on paper, silk, cotton, marble, wood, canvas, leather, glass and metals. Its uniqueness is one hair brush, which is used for filling the fine details in the painting.
About the Painting School
Mewar school of Miniature painting
The school developed in hilly region of Rajasthan, India. The region has many rivers and lakes distinguishing it from adjoining desert area. The effect of natural beauty is seen in the paintings from this region with bright and vibrant colours use. They have thick outline. People have long nose, fish eyes and oval face. The paintings are ornamented by animals, trees and hills.
The embossed work and blue green colour on it is meenakari work. It is mainly used for colouring ornaments. It later was adopted in paintings as well. It is used to provide vibrant colour scheme and 3D effect.
About the Master Craftsman
This painting is painted by Artist Gopal Lal Sharma. He hails from Jaipur, the Pink City. He has been awarded by Government of Rajasthan for his contribution to traditional miniature painting. In Jaipur, he practices this art with his wife and other students.
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