The Mughals: Art, Culture and Empire
Type
catalog
Year
2013

This exhibition celebrates the artistic, cultural, and scientific achievements of one of the great empires of modern history. Through paintings, documents, maps, and scientific treatises, the exhibition traces the story of the Mughals.


The manuscripts and paintings catalogued in this publication were originally shown at the British Library in London in 2012 and subsequently facsimiles were put on display at Babur’s Garden in Kabul under the title “The Mughals: Art, Culture and Empire”. Both exhibitions contained the works in the following eight sections.

 

This catalogue has been produced in conjunction with the exhibition ‘The Mughals: Art, Culture & Empire’, presented by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the British Library and held in the Queen’s Palace in Babur’s Garden in Kabul from May to October 2013.


Excerpt from the exhibition website

The British Library's major new exhibition looks for the first time at the entire 300-year reign of one of the most powerful and opulent empires the world has ever known. Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire not only traces the evolution of Mughal art and empire between the 16th and 19th centuries, exhibiting over 200 exquisite paintings and objects but will shed light on daily life at court with newly discovered and beautifully illustrated manuscripts drawn from the Library’s outstanding Central and South Asian collections.


Curated by Dr Malini Roy, Curator of Visual Arts at the British Library, Mughal India reveals a new perspective on the rich cultural heritage of the Mughal court. From the eclectic line of emperors themselves to their impact on art, science, politics, and religion, visitors will be drawn into a long-diminished world of extravagance through incredible objects: from a jeweled flywhisk, imperial portraiture, and imposing warrior armor, to domestic manuals, early cookbooks, and personal memoirs.

Citation

Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire. London: British Library, 2013.

Copyright

Images: The British Libary

Country
Afghanistan
Pakistan
India
Language
Dari
Pashto
English
Dimensions
128 pages
Keywords
Islamic art
history
history of science
Mughal