Royal Umbrellas of Stone: Memory, Politics, and Public Identity in Rajput Funerary Art, Melia Belli Bose provides the first analysis of Rajput
chatrīs ("umbrellas"; cenotaphs) built between the sixteenth to early-twentieth centuries. New kings constructed
chatrīs for their late fathers as statements of legitimacy. During periods of political upheaval patrons introduced new forms and decorations to respond to current events and evoke a particular past. Offering detailed analyses of individual cenotaphs and engaging with art historical and epigraphic evidence, as well as ethnography and ritual, this book locates the
chatrīs within their original social, political, and religious milieux. It also compares the
chatrīs to other Rajput arts to understand how arts of different media targeted specific audiences.
Melia Belli Bose, Ph.D. (2009), University of California, Los Angeles, is Assistant Professor of Asian Art History at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her edited volume,
Women, Gender, and Art in Asia is forthcoming with Ashgate.
All interested in the princely states, Rajasthani art and architecture, Indian kingship, memorialization, anthropologists, historians, historians of religion, and those interested in Indian conservation heritage.