London, The Victoria and Albert Museum

This exhibition brings together over 250 magnificent objects, many on loan to the United Kingdom for the first time, from India’s royal collection. Covering the period from the 18th century, when the great era of the Maharajas began, to the end of British rule in 1947, the V&A’s exhibition reveals the changing roles of the Maharajah in an historical and social context.

The Maharajas’ patronage of the arts, both in India and Europe, resulted in splendid and beautiful commissions designed to enhance royal status and identity. Stunning pieces will be on display, such as three thrones, gem-encrusted weapons, a Rolls Royce, Indian turban gems and jewelry commissioned from Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels in the 20th century. This unique show also presents a series of portraits of the Maharajahs and their wives by photographers and artists including Man Ray, Cecil Beaton or Raja Ravi Varma.

October 10th through January 17th, 2010
South Kensington,Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
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