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Mughal Collection

The Mughal dynasty, known for its rich cultural heritage and architectural marvels, left an indelible mark on India's history

Background imageMughal Collection: Layla and Majnun in the wilderness with animals, from a Khamsa (Quintet)... c. 1590-1600

Layla and Majnun in the wilderness with animals, from a Khamsa (Quintet)... c. 1590-1600
Layla and Majnun in the wilderness with animals, from a Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khusrau Dihlavi, c. 1590-1600. Nestled in the multicoloured rocks are the reunited lovers Layla and Majnun

Background imageMughal Collection: Mughal miniature

Mughal miniature, Lahore Museum, Pakistan, Asia

Background imageMughal Collection: Mughal miniature dating from the 18th century showing

Mughal miniature dating from the 18th century showing the construction of a palace, Pakistan, Asia

Background imageMughal Collection: Mughal architecture, Delhi, India

Mughal architecture, Delhi, India

Background imageMughal Collection: The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Agra, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Asia

Background imageMughal Collection: Grey Heron, folio from a Series Commissioned by Lady Impey, c

Grey Heron, folio from a Series Commissioned by Lady Impey, c
5910204 Grey Heron, folio from a Series Commissioned by Lady Impey, c.1780-82 (opaque colours & ink on paper) by Shaikh Zain ud-Din (Sheikh Zainuddin)

Background imageMughal Collection: Captain Henry Avery, pirate

Captain Henry Avery, pirate
Captain Avery and his crew taking one of the Great Moguls ships. In 1695, pirate Henry Averys (aka Every or Avary) ship, the Fancy

Background imageMughal Collection: BAHADUR SHAH II (1775-1862). Last Mughal emperor of India (1837-58). Mughal painting

BAHADUR SHAH II (1775-1862). Last Mughal emperor of India (1837-58). Mughal painting, 19th century

Background imageMughal Collection: Akbar at Surat 1572

Akbar at Surat 1572
Mughal emperor AKBAR ( the Great ) enters Surat, Gujerat, after an astonishingly rapid 11-day campaign

Background imageMughal Collection: Jahangir and his Father, Akbar, Folio from the Shah Jahan Album, verso: ca

Jahangir and his Father, Akbar, Folio from the Shah Jahan Album, verso: ca. 1630; recto: ca.1540-50

Background imageMughal Collection: Sezincote, Gloucestershire, home of Baronet Rushout, c1880

Sezincote, Gloucestershire, home of Baronet Rushout, c1880. Sezincote was designed by Samuel Pepys Cockerell in Mughal style and completed in 1805

Background imageMughal Collection: Hindu Gymkhana, Karachi, British India

Hindu Gymkhana, Karachi, British India
Hindu Gymkhana, Sarwar Shaheed Road, Karachi, Sindh, British India (now in Pakistan), built in Mughal-Revival style. It was originally a club for the Hindu upper classes

Background imageMughal Collection: Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Background imageMughal Collection: Detail of an Indian Mughal painting, c1590, depicting Noahs Ark threatened

Detail of an Indian Mughal painting, c1590, depicting Noahs Ark threatened, according to Muslim tradition, by Iblis
MUGHAL: NOAHs ARK. Detail of an Indian Mughal painting, c1590, depicting Noahs Ark threatened, according to Muslim tradition, by Iblis, the devil, who was thrown overboard by Noahs sons

Background imageMughal Collection: India, Udaipur, Lake Pichola

India, Udaipur, Lake Pichola. Lake Palace Hotel on Lake Pichola in the centre of Udaipur.The Lake Palace sits on the Jag Niwas Island in the middle of the Lake Pichola

Background imageMughal Collection: Maharao Umed Singh hunting tigers, 1787. Creator: Hans Raj Joshi

Maharao Umed Singh hunting tigers, 1787. Creator: Hans Raj Joshi
Maharao Umed Singh hunting tigers, 1787

Background imageMughal Collection: The game of wolf-running in Tabriz, from an Akbar-nama (Book of Akbar), c. 1595-1600

The game of wolf-running in Tabriz, from an Akbar-nama (Book of Akbar), c. 1595-1600. After four years of traveling in exile, fleeing Afghan forces, Humayun reached Tabriz

Background imageMughal Collection: Scrolling Floral Vines, 1755. Creator: Fayzullah (Indian, active c. 1730-1765)

Scrolling Floral Vines, 1755. Creator: Fayzullah (Indian, active c. 1730-1765)
Scrolling Floral Vines, 1755

Background imageMughal Collection: Marble pavilion in the Fort Gardens, Lahore, India, late 19th or early 20th century

Marble pavilion in the Fort Gardens, Lahore, India, late 19th or early 20th century. Lahore Fort was built in the 1560s by the Mughal Emperor Akbar

Background imageMughal Collection: Elephant mural, Mahendra Prakash hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Elephant mural, Mahendra Prakash hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Background imageMughal Collection: The beautiful wodden work in Chiniot Palace in Pakistan

The beautiful wodden work in Chiniot Palace in Pakistan

Background imageMughal Collection: Young Indian ladies and Humayuns Tomb, Delhi, India

Young Indian ladies and Humayuns Tomb, Delhi, India

Background imageMughal Collection: The arches of Diwan-i-Aam, Red Fort, Old Delhi, India, Asia

The arches of Diwan-i-Aam, Red Fort, Old Delhi, India, Asia

Background imageMughal Collection: Akbar the Great receives a deputation of Jesuits

Akbar the Great receives a deputation of Jesuits
Akbar the Great (1542-1605), third Mughal Emperor of India, receives a deputation of Jesuits

Background imageMughal Collection: A mounted man hunting birds with a falcon, early 18th century. Creator: Unknown

A mounted man hunting birds with a falcon, early 18th century. Creator: Unknown
A mounted man hunting birds with a falcon, early 18th century

Background imageMughal Collection: Lion at Rest, ca. 1585. Creator: Mansur

Lion at Rest, ca. 1585. Creator: Mansur
Lion at Rest, ca. 1585

Background imageMughal Collection: India, Delhi, Old Delhi, White marble building at Red Fort

India, Delhi, Old Delhi, White marble building at Red Fort

Background imageMughal Collection: The Lake Palace, Jal Mahal, city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

The Lake Palace, Jal Mahal, city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Background imageMughal Collection: Mughal Coin, c.1556-1605 (silver)

Mughal Coin, c.1556-1605 (silver)
8859833 Mughal Coin, c.1556-1605 (silver) by Mughal School, (16th century); 2.75 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageMughal Collection: Mughal Coin, c.1556-1605 (silver)

Mughal Coin, c.1556-1605 (silver)
8859832 Mughal Coin, c.1556-1605 (silver) by Mughal School, (16th century); 2.75 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageMughal Collection: 18th Century Mughal Powder bowl

18th Century Mughal Powder bowl
5304644 18th Century Mughal Powder bowl.; (add.info.: 18th century, Mughal Powder bowl from Kashmir, India.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMughal Collection: PD.191-1948 Ram and ewe in a meadow, Mughal school, late 18th century (gouache on paper)

PD.191-1948 Ram and ewe in a meadow, Mughal school, late 18th century (gouache on paper)
FIT82978 PD.191-1948 Ram and ewe in a meadow, Mughal school, late 18th century (gouache on paper); 10x6.5 cm; Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK; Photo © Fitzwilliam Museum

Background imageMughal Collection: L.53 2/7 folio 117 Prince and fairy princess entertained, from the Khizr Khani Duval Rani, 1568

L.53 2/7 folio 117 Prince and fairy princess entertained, from the Khizr Khani Duval Rani, 1568, Mughal (paper)
SCP57380 L.53 2/7 folio 117 Prince and fairy princess entertained, from the Khizr Khani Duval Rani, 1568, Mughal (paper); National Museum of India, New Delhi, India

Background imageMughal Collection: Princess and attendant in trompe l'oeil window, c.1765 (opaque w/c and gold on paper)

Princess and attendant in trompe l'oeil window, c.1765 (opaque w/c and gold on paper)
XOS5874007 Princess and attendant in trompe l'oeil window, c.1765 (opaque w/c and gold on paper) by Khan, Aqil (active mid-1700s); 12.5x7.8 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageMughal Collection: Bahadur Shah Zafar, last Mughal Emperor of India (engraving)

Bahadur Shah Zafar, last Mughal Emperor of India (engraving)
8676313 Bahadur Shah Zafar, last Mughal Emperor of India (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Bahadur Shah Zafar (1775-1862), last Mughal Emperor of India

Background imageMughal Collection: Indian Mughal miniature depicting a Prince being saluted by soldiers, 1850

Indian Mughal miniature depicting a Prince being saluted by soldiers, 1850
3480381 Indian Mughal miniature depicting a Prince being saluted by soldiers, 1850; (add.info.: Indian Mughal miniature depicting a Prince being saluted by soldiers after he had killed a White)

Background imageMughal Collection: Jantar Mantar observatory (photo)

Jantar Mantar observatory (photo)
3731966 Jantar Mantar observatory (photo); (add.info.: Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi, India, consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments)

Background imageMughal Collection: Virahini basohli, Mughal print, western Himalaya, India 18th century

Virahini basohli, Mughal print, western Himalaya, India 18th century
3523452 Virahini basohli, Mughal print, western Himalaya, India 18th century; (add.info.: Virahini basohli, Mughal print, western Himalaya, India 18th century); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMughal Collection: Shah Jahan

Shah Jahan
3522696 Shah Jahan; (add.info.: Shah Jahan 1592-1666. Mughal Emperor of India 1628-1658.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMughal Collection: Aurangzeb Alamgir (1616-1707)

Aurangzeb Alamgir (1616-1707)
3522691 Aurangzeb Alamgir (1616-1707); (add.info.: Aurangzeb Alamgir (1616-1707). The emperor known as the world-seizer was Mughal Emperor of India between 1658-1707.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMughal Collection: Mumba Mahal

Mumba Mahal
3522688 Mumba Mahal; (add.info.: Mumtaz Mahal 1593-1631. Mughal Empress and wife of Shah Jahan. The Taj Mahal was constructed after her death as her mausoleum.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMughal Collection: Portrait of Shah Jahan II

Portrait of Shah Jahan II
3521235 Portrait of Shah Jahan II; (add.info.: Portrait of Shah Jahan II (1696-1719) a Mughal Emperor. Dated 18th Century); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMughal Collection: Portrait of Akbar the Great

Portrait of Akbar the Great
3521234 Portrait of Akbar the Great; (add.info.: Portrait of Akbar the Great (1542-1605) Mughal Emperor. Dated 17th Century); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMughal Collection: Indian Mughal miniature depicting a young woman arranging flowers, 1850

Indian Mughal miniature depicting a young woman arranging flowers, 1850
3480373 Indian Mughal miniature depicting a young woman arranging flowers, 1850; (add.info.: Indian Mughal miniature depicting a young woman arranging flowers, symbolising love re-united)

Background imageMughal Collection: Album of Ragamala, female musician kneeling on lotus petals seated by a pool with lotus flowers in

Album of Ragamala, female musician kneeling on lotus petals seated by a pool with lotus flowers in bloom
545020 Album of Ragamala, female musician kneeling on lotus petals seated by a pool with lotus flowers in bloom. 19th century (Indian miniature from the Rajasthan School with Mughul influence)

Background imageMughal Collection: Emperor Jahangir, miniature, 17th century

Emperor Jahangir, miniature, 17th century
AIS5389237 Emperor Jahangir, miniature, 17th century; Islamisches Museum, Brandenburg, Berlin Germany; (add.info.: Solemn prayer of the emperor Jahangir (1569-1627) after Ramadan in Idgah (India)

Background imageMughal Collection: young Indian Prince

young Indian Prince
3522693 young Indian Prince; (add.info.: 19th century illustration depicting a young Indian Prince with ceremonial sword c1840.); Universal History Archive/UIG



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The Mughal dynasty, known for its rich cultural heritage and architectural marvels, left an indelible mark on India's history. From the exquisite Mughal miniatures depicting tales like Layla and Majnun in the wilderness with animals, to the grandeur architecture seen in Delhi's majestic structures, their legacy continues to captivate us. One cannot help but be awestruck by the iconic Taj Mahal, a testament to love and beauty that stands tall even today. Its intricate design and flawless symmetry are a true reflection of the artistic brilliance of the Mughals. However, not all stories associated with this dynasty are as romantic as Shah Jahan's devotion to Mumtaz. Captain Henry Avery, a notorious pirate who plundered Indian treasures during his reign in the 17th century, also crossed paths with these rulers. In contrast to such tales of adventure and piracy is Jahangir's relationship with his father Akbar. A folio from the Shah Jahan Album showcases their bond through a mesmerizing Mughal painting that captures their regality and familial connection. Mughal artistry extended beyond human subjects; it encompassed nature too. The game of wolf-running in Tabriz depicted in an Akbar-nama reveals their fascination with wildlife. Similarly, a floral fantasy called Waq-waq presents animals and birds beautifully intertwined amidst vibrant blooms - showcasing their imagination at its finest. As we delve deeper into this captivating era, we encounter architectural wonders like Lahore's marble pavilion nestled within Fort Gardens or Sezincote in Gloucestershire - home to Baronet Rushout during c1880 - both bearing influences from Mughal aesthetics. Lastly, Bahadur Shah II emerges as one of the most prominent figures associated with this dynasty. As India's last Mughal emperor (1837-1858), he witnessed significant political changes while leaving behind a remarkable Mughal painting that immortalizes his reign.