PEACOCK IN THE DESERT: THE ROYAL ARTS OF JODHPUR, INDIA
Mon Oct 22, 2018 – Sun Jan 20, 2019
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Five centuries of magnificent art celebrate the rich artistic traditions of the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur. Many of the 250 extraordinary objects are on display outside their palace setting for the very first time. Vibrant paintings, intricate furnishings, fine jewelry, and decorated arms and armor, presented beside videos and large-scale photomurals, evoke the stunning atmosphere of the Mehrangarh Fort and the city of Jodhpur—the permanent home of the works on view.
Established in the 15th century, the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur in the northwestern state of Rajasthan continues to innovate support for the arts into the 21st century. Highlights of the lavish exhibition include a re-creation of a royal wedding procession featuring majestically adorned life-size elephant and horse mannequins; a rare and elaborate 17th-century tent; dozens of intricate Rajput and Mughal era paintings; and a splendid 18th-century carved-wood and glass palanquin, known as the Mahadol, used to transport the maharaja and queens.
This exhibition celebrating the art of India is so expansive, it will be shown on both the third floor in the Ebsworth Gallery and on the fourth floor in the Simonyi Galleries.