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Maharaja by Anna Jackson
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Jan 15, 12

bookshelves: india, history, ethnography, art
Read in January, 2012

This book is an approachable combination of exhibition catalog, history and ethnography. The pieces are divided by topic, and accompanied by short essays, interspersed with vignettes about individual maharajas.

I like to read the catalogs before going to the exhibits at the SF Asian Art museum, so that my visits are better contextualized. Usually this is somewhat of a chore, but in this case it was a pleasure. Unfortunately for the book, still photography has a difficult time capturing the "splendour" of the precious metals and gems embedded in many of the pieces, so go see the exhibit!
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