I wish to acknowledge some amazing books,
which are a delight for anyone interested in learning
more of Maharajas. Much of the information from this
site was gleaned from these pages.
Katherine Prior and John Adamson, Vendrome Press,
2000, ISBN# 0-8565-218-X
This is a fantastic book with large-format photographs
of Maharajas and their jewelry. Detailed accounts in
a lively text full of insights. A fabulous presentation.
Traditional Jewelry of India
Oppi and Sara Untracht, Harry N. Abrams, 1997, ISBN#
A very scholarly and detailed account by one of the
most celebrated of jewelry authors. It is heavy with
photographs taken by the Untrachts themselves. Mughal
jewelry is but one chapter in this exhaustive survey.
Treasury of the World
Manuel Keene, Thames and Hudson, 2001, ISBN# 0-500-97608-2
This is a catalog of the Al-Sabah collection in the
Kuwait National Museum. It is primarialy a pictoral
survey of all the pieces in the collection, which is
regarded as one of the world's largest and most complete
collections of Mughal Jewelry and decorative objects.
The text is short but concise.
Icons in Gold: Jewelry of
Laurence Mattet, Somogy Art Publisher, 2005, ISBN#
A glossy book written in association with Oppi Untracht.
It is a more condensed, but a far less thorough, book
than Traditional Jewelry of India, which I
Maharajas: Resonance from
Charles Allen, Mercury Books, 2005, ISBN# 1-904668-674
A lively text with a delightful foreward by Maharaja
Ranjit Sinh Gaekwad. Many of the photos are unique to
this book, with unusual insights into the personal lives
and habits of Maharajas.