One such painting is that of the ‘Celestial Woman beneath a Mango Tree’, an exquisite piece of art with its sublime antiquity awaits interpretation since its formation and continues unveiling the mysteries and social conventions as well as intricacies of 11th century India.
The painting, “Celestial Woman beneath the Mango Tree” is actually inspired from the sandstone sculptor at the Jain Temple situated in Madhya Pradesh or Southern Uttar Pradesh of India and the sculptor was made during the mid 9th Century.
This piece of art is an exquisite example of bracket art genre and was used to connect the pillar with the ceiling. Original structure of the temple contained four such art pieces giving an expression of joyous atmosphere putting their glance upon the devotees from four corners of the temple and gracing the minds of the devotees glancing upward with their auspicious presence.
The divine lady is poised under a mango tree and ignorant about the monkeys perching on it. The lines of the masterpiece are bold and significant uses of the primary colours are evident. The dominant use of the blue colour with a shade of deep to light relates the picture to the celestial realm. The red fruits and yellow flowers are significant and act as a genuine eye-catcher. The motif of the painting is clear enough to support the voluptuous figurine and the ornaments and the features of the woman are distinct, sharp and also well bred amid the play of light and shade.
According to the ancient Indian myth and lore, the laughter and of a lady was held responsible for the blossom of mango. Here the deity evidently symbolizes fertility and in its iconic representation, the deity is symbolic to motherhood.