Centuries of royal treasures from Jodhpur, India, come to the United States for the first time. Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India features masterpieces and relics—never before seen beyond palace walls—that illustrate the history and artistic legacy of the Rathore dynasty.

The exhibition showcases nearly four centuries of artistic creation from the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. Lavishly made ceremonial objects, finely crafted arms and armor, sumptuous jewels, intricately carved furnishings, and more outline the dynamic history of the Marwar-Jodhpur region and the Rathore dynasty that ruled it for more than seven centuries.

Some 250 objects from Indian courtly life illuminate how the Rathores acquired and commissioned objects amidst cross-cultural exchanges to leverage patronage, diplomacy, matrimonial alliances, trade, and conquest.

Drawn primarily from the collections of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and the private collections of the royal family of Jodhpur, Peacock in the Desert includes paintings, decorative arts, furniture, tents, canopies, carpets, textiles, and weapons. Large-scale photomurals evoke the stunning setting of the Mehrangarh Museum in Jodhpur.

Publication
The illustrated exhibition catalogue is available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).



Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in collaboration with Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur, India.

Generous support for this exhibition is provided by:
Nidhika and Pershant Mehta 
Medha and Shashank Karve
Mrs. Sushila and Dr. Durga D. Agrawal 
Milton D. Rosenau, Jr. and Dr. Ellen R. Gritz
Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Likhari

The accompanying catalogue is generously supported by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.