Special Exhibition Tour: Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts
San Francisco, CA 94102
Explore the extraordinary culture of princely India. Be dazzled by jewelry, jeweled objects, metalwork & furniture, paintings, photographs, and sumptuous textiles & clothing. Learn about these sensational artworks within the broader historical context of princely life and ideals, patronage, court culture, & alliances.
The word "maharaja" (literally "great king") conjures up images of fantasy and spectacle. The heyday of the maharajas began in earnest after the collapse of the Mughal empire in the early 18th century.
Your journey through the Maharaja exhibition opens with this period of chaos and adventure & closes with the end of British rule in 1947, when Indian princes acceded their territories into the modern states of India and Pakistan.
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