Masterpieces of the Mogul Era

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Alternate Titles:

Kassette Meisterwerke der Moghulzeit

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Kassette Meisterwerke der Moghulzeit

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10 leaves / 38.5 x 26.0 cm

16th-18th cemtury

Ten leaves from important manuscripts


10 miniatures

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Founded in 1526, the Mogul Empire was an Islamic superpower that ruled over most of the Indian subcontinent and parts of Afghanistan for 325 years. The ruling class could trace their roots to both Genghis Khan (ca. 1162-1227) and Timur (1336-1405) also known as Tamerlane, but became increasingly Indian and Persian due to dynastic marriages. At its height, Emperor Aurangzeb (1618-1707) ruled over one quarter of the world’s population as well as the largest economy in the world with a GDP ten times that of France under Louis XIV (1638-1715). This tremendous wealth, when paired with the massive polyglot population, produced a rich cultural and artistic heritage. It evolved from Persian miniature painting, which was itself heavily influenced by Chinese art, in addition to influences from the Hindu, Jain, Turkic, and Buddhist artistic traditions. It is distinguished from its Persianate predecessors by adopting a more realistic style for plants, animals, and portraits. Other elements of the Persian artistic tradition, especially richly-decorated borders, were continued and refined.

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The ten folios assembled here represent a splendid sample of this rich, diverse artistic tradition created between the 16th and 18th centuries:
Folio 1: Emperor Akbar Tames an Elephant, 1609/10
Folio 2: Imperial Hunting Falcon, 1st quarter of the 17th century
Folio 3: Mogul Ladies on the Lakeside Terrace, 3rd quarter of the 18th century
Folio 4: Loving Couple on the Harem Terrace, 2nd half of the 17th century
Folio 5: Mogul Lady in the Harem, 2nd half of the 17th century
Folio 6: Loving Couple at the Window, 1st half of the 18th century
Folio 7: Princess at the Fireworks, 2nd half of the 17th century
Folio 8: The Lady Minstrel, ca. 1580
Folio 9: The Resting Prince, ca. 1800
Folio 10: Emperor Akbar Gardening, End of the 16th century

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