The Vault: The Royal Archer

Apr. 3–29, 2018

The Vault

Artist unknown (Bundi School), Indian, late 18th century, The Royal Archer. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Purchase.

This work was selected by Phalguni Kulkarni (class of 2018), who explains: "I chose this work because it is reminiscent of my own culture and influences. Growing up, I heard many stories about kings and queens and was always amazed by the sheer grandiosity of it all. The gold jewelry, intricate patterns, and bold use of colors is evident in my own artwork. The Bundi School is a form of Rajasthani art, with emphasis on miniature style paintings depicting scenes of warriors, bright vegetation, and vivid movement. It was prevalent from the 17th to 19th centuries and had a strong Moghul influence. This reminds me that it's difficult to attribute a certain school of art to just one culture or person. Rather, it's important to view artwork as a continuum, a sort of conglomerate of different eras and cultures."

The Vault

The Vault, which also houses some of the works from our permanent collection, is dedicated to featuring and displaying works chosen by MSU students who work at the museum. Each month, one of our student gallery guides selects a piece from our collection and writes a short text explaining why they chose it and believe it should be displayed. By providing our gallery guides with an opportunity to participate in the curatorial process of selection and display, we aim to open a dialogue with the student community while simultaneously sharing with the public works from the collection that would otherwise remain in storage.