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
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.