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Turban ornament, Pakistan, early 18th century, Museum no. IM.240-1923

This exhibition spanned the period from the beginning of the 18th century to the mid-20th century, bringing together over 250 magnificent objects, many being lent from India's royal collections for the first time.

The exhibition examined the changing role of the maharajas within a social and historical context and revealed how their patronage of the arts, both in India and Europe, resulted in splendid and beautiful objects symbolic of royal status, power and identity.

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