Royal Trea­sures

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Ex­plor­ing the evo­lu­tion of Ra­jasthan’s royal cul­ture, this hand­some cof­fee-ta­ble book fea­tures works col­lected over four cen­turies from Mar­war—now part of an ex­hi­bi­tion cur­rently at the Mu­seum of Fine Arts, Hous­ton. With writ­ings from an in­ter­na­tional team of contributors, it sheds new light on the role of women in the royal court and other marginalised per­spec­tives.

Per­sian blade sword, early 20th cen­tury

PEA­COCK IN THE DESERT: The Royal Arts of Jodh­pur, In­dia by Karni Ja­sol Mu­seum of Fine Arts, Hous­ton 295 pages

Por­trait of Ma­haraja Sar­dar Singh by Bert Har­ris, 19th cen­tury

Por­trait of Ma­haraja Ajit Singh by Amar­das Bhatti, 19th cen­tury

Late 19th and early 20th cen­tury gan­ga­jali (sa­cred wa­ter dis­penser), dhupiya (in­cense burner) and diya (hand­held lamp) used in re­li­gious rit­u­als.

Sarpech (tur­ban or­na­ment), Dec­can, early 18th cen­tury

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