Thanjavur district is famous for various arts and crafts like 'Thanjavur dancing doll', 'Thanjavur paintings' and 'Thanjavur art plates'. The creation of the Tanjore metal plate is credited to Raja Serfoji II, the Maratha ruler of Thanjavur, who asked his royal artisans to create an object that would reflect the glory of his kingdom. Thanjavur Art plates are basically made with a combination of three metals. The metals like brass for the base plate and embossed copper and silver figures embedded on the same. Brass and copper are encrusted/blended on to each other to create this stunning piece of art.