Peacock in the Desert : The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India
This beautiful book accompanies an exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Seattle Art Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum. It presents nearly four centuries of artistic creation from one of the largest former princely states in India, the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur in southwestern Rajasthan.
Peacock in the Desert traces the evolution of royal identity in the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur in southwestern Rajasthan from the 17th century to the establishment of independence after 1947, presenting the area as a microcosm of India's extraordinarily vibrant culture.
It sheds fresh light on the influential role of women at the royal courts and examines monarchies as lenses onto cross-cultural relationships, the unrecognized roles of groups marginalized in earlier accounts and large-scale multicultural exchange. Its multidisciplinary approach to artistic and cultural exchange offers insights and adds crucial chapters to the story of India's royal visual splendour.
- Author: Karni Jasol, Director of Mehrangarh Museum in Jodhpur
- Hardcover: 296 pages | 380 colour illustrations
- Date published: March 2018
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0300232967
- Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.4 cm