Presented by Karni Singh Jasol, director, Mehrangarh Museum Trust, and co-curator of the exhibition “Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

Centuries of royal treasures from India come to the United States for the first time in an epic presentation. Drawn primarily from the collections of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and the private collections of the royal family of Jodhpur, Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India features masterpieces and relics—never before seen beyond palace walls. The lavishly crafted objects selected for the exhibition include finely crafted arms and armor, sumptuous jewels, intricately carved furnishings, a monumental 17th-century court tent, a 1944 L-5 Sentinel aircraft, and much more.

In this talk for MFAH members, Karni Singh Jasol shows how these royal treasures outline the dynamic history of the Marwar-Jodhpur region and the Rathore dynasty that ruled it for more than 700 years.

This members-only lecture, which takes place at 4 p.m. with a repeat at 5:30 p.m., is free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. As a courtesy to all guests, there is no saved seating. Not a member? Join today!

Questions? Contact or call the membership hotline at 713.639.7550.

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Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from MD Anderson Cancer Center; Mitra Mujica-Margolis and Michael Margolis; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Mercantil Bank; Mr. William J. Hill; The Windgate Charitable Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Sharon G. Dies; The Powell Foundation; and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.