Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire

British Library

9 November 2012 – 2 April 2013

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Highlights from the British Library's collection of Mughal Indian visual culture and some major loans illuminate the outstanding art of the Imperial power that built the Taj Mahal.

The Mughal emperors ruled a vast region including much of the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1526 until the empire’s final decline in the mid-19th century, and their rule had an immense cultural impact. While their most famous and visible legacy is seen in architectural gems such as the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, they were also great patrons of the arts and sciences, and commissioned outstanding poetry, prose and exquisitely illuminated manuscripts.

The different personalities of the Mughal emperors, the daily life of those who fell under their sway, the dynamics of religion and culture, and the changing traditions of painting will all be brought to life in this exhibition, which presents a rounded picture of one of the world’s great civilisations.

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Opening times

Main building

Mon – Thu, 9.30am – 8pm

Fri, 9.30am –​6pm (Sat until 5pm)

​Sun, 11am-5pm

Treasures Gallery and PACCAR exhibitions

Tue –Thu, 9.30am-8pm, Mon & Fri until 6pm, Sat until 5pm, Sun 11am – 5pm

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