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In conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Art Gallery of Ontario hosted an extraordinary exhibition in 2010-2011. The exhibition explored in depth the opulent world of the maharajas, from early 18th century until Indian independence in 1947. Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts

Krishna Fluting in the Forest, India, Rajasthan, ca.1720-40. Miniature,-rajasthan,-jaipur,-48-c-5a25232222

Detail from an Indian state cap reputed to have belonged to the last Muslim King of Delhi, Bahadur Shah Zafar II (1775-1862) who was a descendent of the Mughal Dynasty. King Zafar succeeded to the throne of Delhi in 1837 but was imprisoned in 1858 by the British after the 1857 revolution. Medium: Gold wire embroidery, feathers, rubies, pearls and emeralds.

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh (1891-1938) of Patiala,1900. From "Posing For Posterity: Royal Indian Portraits", by Pramod Kumar