Jagannath Pattachitra Palm Leaf Art Handmade Indian Odisha Miniature Painting

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  • Subject: Pattachitra Painting
  • Paint Material: Natural vegetable and mineral colors
  • Base Material: Palm Leaf (unframed)
  • Size: 9.5 in. X 5.5 in. (24 cms X 14 cms)
  • Age: Modern Handmade Art
  • Country of origin: India
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This painting is an exquisite work of Pattachitra palm leaf art featuring the Hindu God Jagannath with his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. He is depicted in bright colors and surrounded with a decorative border. 

Jagannath, 'Lord of the Universe' is a deity worshipped in regional Hindu traditions in India as part of a triad along with his brother Balabhadra, and sister, Subhadra. Jagannath is an abstract representation of Krishna, or Vishnu, and to some he is a fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation.

The deity icon lacks a neck, ears, and limbs, is identified by a large circular face symbolizing someone who is anadi (without beginning) and ananta (without end). Within this face are two big symmetric circular eyes with no eyelids, one eye symbolizing the sun and the other the moon. When shown with brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, he is identifiable from his circular eyes compared to the oval or almond shape of the other two abstract icons. Further, his icon is dark, while Balabhadra's face is white, and Subhadra's icon is yellow.

Pattachitra is a traditional painting of Odisha, India. All colors used in the Paintings are natural and paintings are made fully old traditional way by Chitrakaras that is Odiya Painter. Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha. The name Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture.

Pattachitra is thus a painting usually done on canvas, and is manifested by rich colorful application, creative motifs, and designs, and portrayal of simple themes, mostly mythological in depiction. 

The featured art here is Palm leaf pattachitra also known as Tala Pattachitra and is drawn on palm leaf. First of all palm leaves are left for becoming hard after being taken from the tree. Then these are sewn together to form like a canvas. The images are traced by using black or white ink to fill grooves etched on rows of equal-sized panels of palm leaf that are sewn together, and then the images are filled with color.

The traditions of pattachitra paintings are more than thousand years old. 

The Pattachitra paintings images are usually done in profile with elongated eyes. One of the reasons why these paintings are so expressive is that they’re drawn using vivid, contrasting colors. 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. Buy it now before it is gone.

NOTE: Colors of listing picture may appear different than actual art due to effects of digital scanning.