Maharaja at the Field Museum

Now through February 3rd, 2013 the Field Museum in Chicago is presenting Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts.  The exhibit explores a time of great change, from the decline of the Mughal Empire to the rise of smaller kingdoms, to India’s independence movement. See the elaborate jewelry and clothing that demonstrated the court’s opulence, as well as ornate weaponry that symbolized the military might of the maharajas. Visitors can get a glimpse of court life through paintings, musical instruments, and board games.  Additional highlights include a life-sized model of a royally adorned elephant, rare film footage, and a Cartier necklace that originally held nearly 3,000 diamonds. For more information, visit


Discover more about India’s history and culture @ your library:


The Story of India (DVD)
India: a history by John Keay


The Mughal emperors: and the Islamic dynasties of India, Iran, Central Asia, 1206-1925 by Francis Robinson



Maharanis: the extraordinary tale of four Indian queens and their journey from purdah to parliament by Lucy Moore


The great hedge of India by Roy Moxham




Indian summer: the secret history of the end of an empire by Alex von Tunzelmann