Posted on 11/03/2018
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) in partnership with the Mehrangarh Museum Trust of Jodhpur organised the exhibition titled ‘Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India’, will be open to the public until August 12 in Houston and then be travelling to Seattle in the fall and then Toronto.
A treasure trove from Jodhpur’s Rathore dynasty in India was put on display at an exhibition centre, United States for the first time, in an epic presentation. At the exhibition, through lavishly made ceremonial objects, finely crafted arms and armour, jewels and intricately carved furnishings and more from Indian courtly life illuminate how the Rathores (of Marwar) acquired and commissioned objects during the cross-cultural exchanges to leverage patronage, diplomacy, trade, matrimonial alliances, and conquest.
In the early 1970s, to protect the treasures his ancestors commissioned from the 17th to the early-20th centuries, His Highness GajSingh Ji II, the current Maharaja of Marwar region (Jodhpur) of Rajasthan, established Mehrangarh Museum Trust.
Begun in 1459 as a military stronghold, the fort and its palaces – ornately carved from red sandstone – house and other treasures are owned and preserved by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust of Jodhpur.