The Maharaja Come to San Francisco
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-05-11
Man Ray's photograph of the Maharajah and Maharina from 1930
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When Man Ray photographed the Maharajah Yeshwant Rao Holkar II and his wife the Maharani Sanyogita Devi of Indore, he had to loosen them up by playing them jazz before he could capture their likenesses in the iconic photograph above and in numerous others.  The photograph will be displayed as part of an exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco--“Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts”--among over 150 over pieces depicting the splendor and history of the Maharajas rule in India.  It begins with the decline of the Mughal Empire in the 18th century and spans through the centuries in the 20th. 

The show was put together by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and will be open until April 8, 2012. 

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