Vintage Ganesh Tanjore Painting

Ganesh. The Remover of Obstacles.

Spied on dusty shelves in a village antique market.

Every Hindu god has a vehicle. A tiny mouse sits at Ganesh’s elephantine feet, a paradoxical mount for such a portly Lord.

Century-old Tanjore painting. The art nearly died out but is being revived. Deities inlaid with jewels and gold. A shiny lesser known southern counterpart to the northern Mughal miniatures.

Treasures like this flowed through the mansions of the Chettinad, a sun-dried region spanning a the distance between environs of the ancient regal city Tanjore to the west and the Andaman Sea and its ancient ports to the east.

Found: Tamil Nadu, India

Vintage Ganesh with frame