11 Jul
Wed / 2018

Inside the MFAH
Conquest & Alliance: The Lal Dera (Red Tent) of “Peacock in the Desert”

One of the most spectacular highlights of Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India is the Lal Dera, or Red Tent. This intricate imperial tent is a colorful symbol of the Mughal conquest of India’s Marwar-Jodhpur kingdom.

Carefully installed for the exhibition, the tent’s canopy and back wall are from the original Lal Dera, which was made in the late 17th- or early-18th-century. It is similar to tents erected for rulers in encampments during military campaigns to match the splendor of royal residences. Red tents were reserved for rulers of the Mughal Empire, so the Lal Dera may have been captured from a Mughal camp by a rebellious maharaja.*

Did Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, use this historical tent? Hit “play” to learn more from Mahrukh Tarapor and Karni Singh Jasol, co-curators of “Peacock in the Desert”; and Gary Tinterow, MFAH director.

“Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India” is on view in the Law Building through August 19. Info and tickets

*Read more in “The Lal Dera in the Tradition of Indian Tentage” by Peter Alford Andrews, an essay in the exhibition catalogue.


Comments

Recent Posts

Post Archives

Tag Cloud

35mm 5womenartists abstract adolpho african-art a-history-of-photography american american-art ancient and angelica-kauffmann animals anna-atkins antiquities architecture art art-books art-of-the-islamic-worlds arts-of-india bayou bayou-bend bend bestowing-beauty bible biblical british british-arrows british-art buffalo-bayou-park-cistern campus chinese-art christmas cinema cisternrain color colors-of-the-oasis concrete conservation contemporary-art contemporary-arts-museum-houston contemporary-film countess curator decorative-arts degas degas-a-new-vision digital dinner drawings dynasty electronic elizabeth-i emperor empress england e-records european family-programs fashion festival fiber-arts field film flowers french french-art fun future futuremfah gainsborough gallery-interpretation garden gardens glassell glassell-school-of-art google-art-project habsburg halloween henry-viii hirsch-library history homemfah homeso-different-so-appealing houston howe ikat impressionism interactive ipads kenwood king kodak latin latin-american-art latino-art latin-wave learning-and-interpretation mail maria-fernanda-cardoso media mexican-film mexican-modernism mfa-cafe mfah mfah-films mfah-in-the-community modern modernism moneo movie movies mueck mueckmfah museum museum-education mythological native-american-art new nhprc noguchi now-on-view now-playing organic oscar-de-la-renta painting paint-the-revolution paul-thomas-anderson peacock-in-the-desert-the-royal-arts-of-jodhpur-india peacockmfah persian-art photographs photography picasso portrait prince princess prints prints-and-drawings programs queen-victoria rebel-jester-mystic-poet recipe rienzi ron-mueck rothko sampler sculpture shepherds snail snapshot spring summer technology textiles thanksgiving the the-glamour-and-romance-of-oscar-de-la-renta tudors-to-windsors valentines-day video vienna watercolor wave womens-history-month works-on-paper wtewael