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Thanjavur Art Plate History

Known for its culture, art, heritage and architecture, the scintillating town of Thanjavur in the state of Tamil Nadu, excel in world’s famous monuments and temples. The centre of attraction of these temples and monuments are Thanjavur Art Plates, jewel boxes and brass bowls. These beautifully carved art plates are further decorated with silver and semi precious stones. They are designed as per the Hindu mythology that is very well reflected in its minute carving .It is the most finest and difficult form of metal craft that involves embossing and engraving small figures on the plate representing Thanjavur royal splendor. The base plate is made up of brass, onto which copper designs are crafted which is then dyed with many lovely colors.

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The history of Thanjavur art plate can be traced to 18th century. It was first introduced by Rajah Serfoji-II when the Marathas were ruling in Thanjavur.  Rajah Serfoji suggested his artisans to show their talent and make an outstanding piece of metal craft that should be a masterpiece in itself. It was then when the craftsmen first made a Thanjavur art plate to gift it to their favorite king. It was designed using copper, brass and silver. A community called as Vishwakarmas crafted these plates. This community consists of few goldsmiths from Thanjavur. Making Thanjavur art plates became a source of living for the Vishwakarmas. The art of making Thanjavur art plate is inherited where only men are involved. It is now declared as a cottage industry as these fine plates are designed in the houses of craftsmen of Thanjavur. In 2011, at Government museum in Thanjavur, a 20th century Thanjavur art plate was exhibited. The plate consisted of brass, copper and silver in an exceptionally artistic manner. The plate depicted images of Nataraja, sage Pathanjali and Goddess Sivakami standing at the centre of a lotus flower.

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The blend of silver and copper on Thanjavur art plates impart them an unusual striking beauty that last for years. The final finishing depends on the artisan’s skill and ability. Experienced artists make extremely durable plate that retain its shine and glow for a very long time. A typical Thanjavur art plate has design of deities, flowers, birds and geometric patterns that are usually seen encrusted on brass round plate, cup, pot or tray. The expert team of artisan at the Art Plate Production Center of Poompuhar at Thanjavur works rigorously in manufacturing this intricate piece of handicraft. Browse our website to have a glimpse over an array of such splendid Thanjavur art plates of various designs and shapes.

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