Peacock in the Desert

The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

Karni Jasol; With contributions by Peter Alford Andrews, Robert Elgood, Catherine Glynn, Karni Jasol, Angma D. Jhala, Shailka Mishra, and Giles Tillotson, and edited by Angma D. Jhala

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A beautiful book that 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. An international team of contributors has contextualized these regional narratives in relation to external—and even global—forces. The book thus offers a new perspective on the acquisition and commissioning of objects through patronage, diplomacy, matrimonial alliances, trade, and conquest. 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, cultural heterodoxy, and large-scale multicultural exchange. Exploring these webs of connection, Peacock in the Desert makes a transformative contribution to scholarship. Its multidisciplinary approach to artistic and cultural exchange offers pathbreaking insights, adding crucial chapters to the story of India’s royal visual splendor.

Karni Jasol is director of the Mehrangarh Museum in Jodhpur, India.


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Seattle Art Museum

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

ISBN: 9780300232967
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
296 pages, 9 5/8 x 12
380 color illus.