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Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts

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© Courtesy of The Field Museum
Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts

1400 S. Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL
October 17th, 2012 - February 3rd, 2013

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.fieldmuseum.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Michigan Ave/Downtown
PHONE:  
312.922.9410
OPEN HOURS:  
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Last admission at 4 p.m. Open every day except Christmas.
TAGS:  
costumes, Jewelry, weapons

DESCRIPTION

Nearly 200 stunning treasures spanning 250 years bear witness to a period of dramatic change in India. Beginning in the early-1700s as the power of the Moghul Empire waned, the exhibition traces the shift in political control to strong regional powers, colonization by Great Britain, and the emergence of the modern, independent nation in 1947.

Through stunning objects—including beautiful paintings and costumes, fabulous jewelry and weapons, and a golden throne—the exhibition explores the concept of kingship in India, and illuminates the world of the maharajas and their extraordinarily rich culture.  These are the objects they used, commissioned, collected, and loved and through which they realized their multifaceted—and often, conflicting—role as military and political ruler, religious leader, and cultural patron.