An Unknown Treasure

An Unknown Treasure in Rajasthan

The Bundi Wall-Paintings

  1. Milo C. Beach
  2. Photographs by Hilde Lauwaert
  • ISBN 9780500517383
  • 30.50 x 30.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 252pp
  • 380 Illustrations, 380 in colour
  • First published 2014
‘Exquisite’ – New Statesman
‘Brimming with colourful details revealing the power and diplomatic reach of Bundi’s rulers, and will be a revelation even to those who an make the visit to Rajasthan’ – Apollo


The royal fort at Bundi, an isolated town in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is home to elaborately decorated palaces that are among India’s most beautiful buildings

Until recently several of these palaces have been completely closed to visitors, keeping their painted walls hidden from public view but also aiding their preservation.

This unprecedented volume celebrates the survival of the wall-paintings at Bundi by presenting a striking photographic survey of these long-hidden treasures, most published for the first time, and including both abundant details and many scenes that are difficult to view with the naked eye.

The paintings depict daily life at the Bundi court from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth century, as well as scenes from traditional literary and religious texts. The illustrations together reveal the rich cultural interrelationships that gave these paintings their unique power and importance.

The only substantial publication devoted specifically to wall-paintings in the Bundi royal palaces, this richly illustrated book pays a long-overdue tribute to some of India’s greatest painted spaces.

Milo Cleveland Beach is former director of The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Hilde Lauwaert is a Belgian photographer.