Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire


This British Library exhibition was a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the inner workings of the Mughal Empire. Closed on 2 April 2013, 'Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire' was curated by Dr Malini Roy and featured unique books and artefacts from the rule of the Mughal emperors from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see rare pieces from this period, including portraits of the 15 Mughal Emperors, historic accounts, paintings, manuscripts and objects of art. Visitors can explore the lives of the emperors, including the founder of the dynasty, Babur, and learn more about their rule.

The Mughal Empire was a golden time for Indian culture and arts, with great writers commissioned to create the memoirs of the emperors and capture the way of life during the dynasty. Among highlights in our Mughal Empire exhibition are: an instructional poem for the care and breeding of pigeons (a popular pastime), paintings of how Indian artists saw European visitors, and glimpses into the arts, sciences, religions and literature of the empire.

Mughal India curators' blog
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