Thanjavur or Tanjore paintings is a classical painting form of South India which derives its name from the place of its origin, the town of Thanjavur. It is an ancient art form that originated during the reign of the Chola dynastyin the 16th century and then later patronized by the Maratha princes, Nayakas of the Vijayanagar empire, Rajus of Tanjore and Tiruchirapalli and the Naidus of Madurai. This ancient indigenous painting creates a 3D effect on every single artwork. Tanjore Painting has EMBOSS on it. That is, the painting has areas that are ELEVATED from the surface to produce a 3-D effect on the painting. Tanjore paintings are adorned with precious and semi-precious gemstones and 22-karat pure gold.