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.
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.
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.