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Maharaja Exhibition

10/10/2009 to 17/1/2010

This major exhibition will explore the extraordinary culture of princely India and the world of the Maharajas. It starts in the 18th century in the great age of the maharajas and closes at the end of the Raj in 1947. On display will be around 250 spectacular and beautiful objects, many on loan from Indian royal collections for the first time, and never before seen in the UK.

There are three thrones including the Golden Throne of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, a display of an Indian royal procession, complete with model elephant, silver elephant decorations and silver howdah, gem-encrusted weapons, Indian turban jewels, a silver carriage, a Rolls Royce, spectacular paintings, photos by Cecil Beaton and Man Ray, a Louis Vuitton travelling case, and fabulous jewellery commissioned from Cartier and Van & Cleef Arpels in the 1920s.

The exhibition will show the changing role of the Maharaja and how they were great patrons of the arts, commissioning luxury goods in both India and Europe to enhance their status.

Location: The Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

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