The Splendor of India's Royal Courts
Newly published to accompany a major exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts examines the rich world of the famed Indian princes from the early 18th century to 1947, when they formally ceded their territories to the modern states of India and Pakistan. Everything from incredible jewels to custom made Rolls-Royce motorcars, paintings, textiles, metalwork, and furniture is examined in the lavishly-illustrated book, showcasing the rich and varied objects that reflect different aspects of royal life. The aim is to "give readers an understanding of royal status and identity, court culture, and patronage." Particular maharajas are highlighted alongside essays by international scholars exploring "Indian concepts of kingship, the public aspects of princely life, architecture of the princely court, palace life and recreation, and the important role of the princes as patrons of traditional arts."