Asian Art Museum Begins Bold New Direction with “Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts”

Last year, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco was in a dire situation. Faced with the possibility of bankruptcy, the museum curators decided it was time to move toward a bigger, bolder direction. The museum's newest exhibition, “Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts,” does just that as it showcases the ever-changing but always opulent lifestyle of the powerful rulers of India.

The exhibit, which opened Friday, is split into three sections and features a wide and diverse collection of paintings, royal portraits, weaponry, jewelry, and furniture from different eras of the maharajas, which is Sanskrit for “great kings.”

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