Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

Discover four centuries of royal treasures from India, on view in the United States for the first time in a presentation of epic proportions! Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India features masterpieces that illustrate the history and artistic legacy of the Rathore dynasty: jewels, paintings, furnishings, textiles, a Rolls Royce, a vintage aircraft, and much more.

Photos (L to R):
1. Dalchand, Maharaja Abhai Singh on Horseback, Jodhpur, c. 1725, Mehrangarh Museum Trust. Neil Greentree, photographer.
2. Palanquin (Mahadol), Gujarat, c. 1700–30, Mehrangarh Museum Trust. Photograph: Neil Greentree
3. Shiva on His Vimana (Aircraft) with Himalaya, folio 53 from the Shiva Rahasya, Jodhpur, 1827, Mehrangarh Museum Trust. Neil Greentree, photographer.
4. Rolls-Royce Phantom with Coachwork by Windovers of London, England, 1927, Umaid Bhawan Palace. Neil Greentree, photographer.
5. Shield, probably Rajasthan, 19th century, the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait.

Children 12 & under are always free - obtain free child day passes on-site at the admissions desk.

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  • Over 250 objects from Indian courtly life
  • On display through August 19, 2018
  • Children 12 & under are always free
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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

Centuries of royal treasures from India come to the United States for the first time, in an epic presentation. Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India features masterpieces and relics—never before seen beyond palace walls—that illustrate the history and artistic legacy of the Rathore dynasty.

The exhibition showcases nearly four centuries of artistic creation from the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. Lavishly made ceremonial objects; finely crafted arms and armor; sumptuous jewels; a monumental 17th-century court tent; intricately carved furnishings; a Rolls-Royce; a 1944 L-5 Sentinel aircraft; and more outline the dynamic history of the Marwar-Jodhpur region and the Rathore dynasty that ruled it for more than 700 years.

Some 250 objects from Indian courtly life illuminate how the Rathores acquired and commissioned objects amidst cross-cultural exchanges to leverage patronage, diplomacy, matrimonial alliances, trade, and conquest. Drawn primarily from the collections of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and the private collections of the royal family of Jodhpur, Peacock in the Desert includes textiles, tapestries, ceremonial regalia, paintings, jewels, furniture, tents, canopies, carpets, and weapons. Large-scale photomurals evoke the stunning setting of the Mehrangarh Museum in Jodhpur.

Children 12 & under are always free - obtain free child day passes on-site at the admissions desk. Value of the ticket may not be refunded or transferred.

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$18.00 - $23.00

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Aug 19th 2018

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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