Heritage Canadian Art Gallery Displaying Sikh Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Throne


1947-2014 (Archived)
Prestigious Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto is displaying Sikh Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s famed throne as a part of its exhibition “Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts”, which opened on November 20 and shall continue till April three.

Organized by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, it features over 200 works including 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II custom-built for Thakore of Rajkot, Patiala necklace (the largest single commission in the House of Cartier's history), a silver carriage commissioned by Maharaja of Bhavnagar, royal costumes and traditional dress worn by great kings and queens, etc.

Applauding AGO for exhibiting India focused artifacts, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d'Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.

With a permanent collection of more than 79,450 works of art, AGO is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. Matthew Teitelbaum is Gallery CEO; Tony Gagliano is Board President; while Dr. Stephen Inglis and Anna Jackson are adjunct curator and curator respectively of this exhibition.



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