Art & Culture

Rarely-viewed treasures at the ROM

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) recently unveiled an exhibition of rarely-seen royal treasures from Marwar-Jodhpur, one of the largest former princely states in India. The ROM is the exclusive Canadian venue for Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India. The exhibit explores a number of thought-provoking themes, including the cross-pollination of new ideas through art and culture; the strong role of women in the royal court; the importance of royal patronage and the power of art as a tool of diplomacy. Augmented reality will bring the oldest surviving Mughal tent to life and showcase historical scenes of figures from the royal court.

There are nearly 250 works of art and objects from the former kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur including lavish ceremonial objects, opulent jewellery, rich textiles and tapestries, luxurious palace furnishings, architectural treasures and a monumental 17th-century court tent showcasing the history of the royal dynasty that ruled for more than 700 years. This exhibition is the first time that most of the objects have been seen outside the palace walls, on display until September.

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