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The Maharaja of Jodhpur’s Guns

Robert Elgood (Author)

In 1972 H.H. Maharaja Gaj Singhji of Jodhpur-Marwar transformed the Rathore’s magnificent Mehrangarh Fort into a highly successful Rajput museum and cultural centre. As part of this work, the Mehrangarh Museum Trust commissioned this book.  The author discusses the worldwide medieval diffusion of firearms technology and Arab, Ottoman, European and Chinese influences on the development of Indian firearms. Jodhpur was one of the most important military states in Rajasthan, playing a major role in the history of the subcontinent, never more so than during the reign of Maharaja Ajit Singhji (1678–1724) who purchased large numbers of guns when his daughter married the Mughal emperor. Jodhpur owns the best Indian matchlocks in the subcontinent, much admired at the Delhi Durbar in 1911. Successive maharajas have added to the collection, which includes modern British and American sporting guns, shotguns, revolvers and automatic pistols by many of the great makers of the twentieth century, collected by the Maharaja’s grandfather, a noted hunter, and his father, a gun designer.  The Maharaja of Jodhpur’s Guns is the first book to be written specifically on historic Indian firearms. With more than 350 unique images of guns and Rajput paintings from private collections showing their use, this book offers scholars and collectors the opportunity to see the superb Jodhpur collection and to learn about Rajput traditions relating to hunting and war.

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About the author

Robert Elgood

Robert Elgood has a degree in Islamic History from SOAS and an Anthropology doctorate from Oxford University. He commissioned and edited Islamic Arms and Armour (1979), and is the author of Arms and Armour of Arabia in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, (1994) and Firearms of the Islamic World in the Tareq Rajab Museum, Kuwait, (1995) and a number of articles including three for Macmillans’ World Dictionary of Art. He worked for some years for Sotheby’s, is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a member of the Meyrick Society. He is currently completing a book on Balkan arms in the Ottoman period for a Greek Foundation and is cataloguing the collections in Jodhpur and the British Museum where he also lectures.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Maharaja of Jodhpur’s Guns
Author Robert Elgood
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.08.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Niyogi Books
Language: English
isbn 9789389136593
length 368p., All Colour, 381 Photographs, Size: 305mm x 240mm