Exhibition Highlights

Explore the extraordinarily extravagant culture of India’s legendary kings in The Field Museum’s latest exhibition, Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts, appearing from October 17, 2012 through February 3, 2013.

Marvel at a maharaja’s golden throne, gaze upon jewel-encrusted weapons and a glittering elephant’s howdah (carriage), and admire Indian turban jewels and jewelry by Cartier. View more than 200 magnificent objects, many from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and several on loan for the first time.

Trace the dynamic roles of these rulers across centuries, beginning with the rise of the “great kings” in the 1700s, through colonization by Great Britain, and the emergence of the modern, independent Indian nation in 1947. Then examine photographs and rare archive film to realize a ruler’s tremendous responsibilities, from military chief and head of state to religious leader and cultural patron.

Get an intimate view of the personal lives of these kings via detailed paintings and portraits depicting palace life. And gain a better understanding of the rich cultural traditions and complex political dimensions underlying modern India.

Don’t miss the chance to see Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts—plan your visit today!