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Archive for November 1st, 2010

Its been quite a while since we featured the first set of Sittanavasal fescos - and this post has been long pending. Before starting to read, would recommend new readers to view part 1 of this post below

Part 1 of this series

Ashok’s steady hands and expertise with the lenses, once again bring the beauty of the these paintings. If not for him, I am pretty sure that we could have just let this beauty pass by, without a second glance. We saw earlier, how the entire roof of the outer mandaba has been converted into a canvas and a splendid pond, brimming with life and activity was brilliantly portrayed by the master artist. How he managed to do it, suspending upside down, working with such subtle color variations, is a tribute to his skill.

The Pond scene, we are seeing today is a continuation of the same scene we saw in part one. If i told you that there are 3 birds, a man and even an Elephant plus a horde of fish swimming in this panel, would you believe me. If you have read the previous part, am sure you would . If you haven’t read it then maybe no !!

pond+scene+2

Let me try and mark the different things we need to observe in the panel.

pond+scene+marked

Maybe, try the same technique as the previous post, by taking color of the rest to highlight what we need to see.

pondscene2+b&w

Can you spot the creatures? Here they line up. See the top left of your screen. do you spot a bird’s eye?

bird+top

The fish on the other corner?

fish+top+right

The pairs of Birds and fishes around them?

bigfish+below+bird+pair
bird+2
bird+3
fish+above+bird
fish+above+secondbird

The man, in his loin cloth, plucking flowers?

man+plucking+flowers

Once again, the master’s line drawing

sketch+man

We will come back to him again, but lets scroll down a bit more and see the Magnificent Tusker !!

elephant+two+fish

He too has a few fish for company !!

fish+near+man

And another set of our fishes to bring up the bottom

bottom+4+fish

Whats of interest in this detailed study, is that the man is holding two different flowers in his hands.Lily on right and lotuses on left !!

lily
lotus+on+left+hand

Not only has the artist shown the differentiation in how the two would flower but also in the nature of their stalks. Take a closer look. This time another set towards the top of the frame

lotus+n+lily

Now, thanks to the internet, let me show you the two types of stalks and you can notice the differentiation

lily+smooth+stem
lotus+roughstem+frog

( images are courtesy the internet and just to show you the smoothness of the lily’s stalk while the Lotus stalk is rough and spiny)

rough+stalk+lotus
smooth+stalk+lily

Truly remarkable !!

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