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1 Robert Elgood
Arms & Armour at the Jaipur Court: The Royal Collection
Niyogi Books; New Delhi, India; 2015; 9789383098774; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The book has a selection of 186 of the most interesting arms in the Jaipur royal palace and discusses them as weapons in their social and historical context. The book breaks new ground in Indian arms scholarship and is also a very readable account that takes in Rajput, Mughal and British Indian history, anthropology and art history. The objects are stunning - swords belonging to the Mughal Emperors Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb, wonderful court daggers with hilts of carved rock crystal, jade, ivory and gilt steel, ferocious tribal arms, some remarkable historic firearms and beautiful painted shields, some of which were decorated in Japan for the Mughal court. There is even a device for extracting arrows from wounds with toe-curling ancient medical remedies. Most of these arms are from the reserve collections and published for the first time. One in a series illustrating the collections of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, City Palace, Jaipur, the book will be essential for all museum curators, dealers and collectors working in this field. Others in the series are Festivals at the Jaipur Court by Vibhuti Sachdev and Costumes & Textiles at the Jaipur Court by Rahul Jain. Printed Pages: 298 with 237 colour illustrations. 038116

Price: 85.75 USD
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2 Robert Elgood
Hindu Arms and Ritual: Arms and Armour from India 1400-1865
Mapin Publishing; Ahmedabad, India; 2004; 8188204447 / 9788188204441; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 312 with 342 illustrations including 220 in full colour and 1 map. Slightly bumped corners. 011617

Price: 175.00 USD
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3 Robert Elgood
Rajput Arms and Armour: The Rathores and Their Armoury at Jodhpur Fort, 2 vols
Niyogi Books; New Delhi, India; 2017; 9789385285707; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Vol. I: Some years ago the study of arms and armour of the subcontinent reached a plateau where enough was known to allow curators and collectors a veneer of authority when writing and speaking about the topic. This book shows how very thin that veneer was. For political and more recently commercial reasons the cultural history of the subcontinent has been largely expressed through the Mughal experience of India. Whilst it is true that the Muslim Mughals dominated India the empire they ruled was predominantly Hindu. This book reclaims the Hindu contribution to the military culture of the Mughal period. The Rajputs were very closely aligned to the Mughals from the reign of Akbar in the sixteenth century but they retained their own distinctive values: in the military sphere their preferences were extremely conservative. A Rajput warrior's sword was his most valued possession, guardian of his honour and his women, the means to fame and spiritual release. The armoury at Mehrangarh helps us to enter an unfamiliar world with a tradition of courage and self-sacrifice conserved in music and poetry that was so extreme that scholars have struggled to concede its existence. This radical book challenges arms and armour orthodoxy and is essential reading for scholars, collectors and dealers interested in India and its wider culture. Vol. II: Some years ago the study of arms and armour of the subcontinent reached a plateau where enough was known to allow curators and collectors a veneer of authority when writing and speaking about the topic. This book shows how very thin that veneer was. For political and more recently commercial reasons the cultural history of the subcontinent has been largely expressed through the Mughal experience of India. Whilst it is true that the Muslim Mughals dominated India the empire they ruled was predominantly Hindu. This book reclaims the Hindu contribution to the military culture of the Mughal period. The Rajputs were very closely aligned to the Mughals from the reign of Akbar in the sixteenth century but they retained their own distinctive values: in the military sphere their preferences were extremely conservative. A Rajput warrior's sword was his most valued possession, guardian of his honour and his women, the means to fame and spiritual release. The armoury at Mehrangarh helps us to enter an unfamiliar world with a tradition of courage and self-sacrifice conserved in music and poetry that was so extreme that scholars have struggled to concede its existence. This radical book challenges arms and armour orthodoxy and is essential reading for scholars, collectors and dealers interested in India and its wider culture. Printed Pages: 1024 with numerous illustrations. 115730

Price: 297.00 USD
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