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Emperors & Jewels: Treasures of the Indian Courts

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

18 Aug 2018 - 27 Jan 2019

This exhibition presents a range of jewellery and ornaments from the courts of the Mughal emperors and their contemporaries, dating from the 16th to the 19th century. These works are drawn from the al-Sabah Collection in Kuwait, and are paired at the Aga Khan with the museum’s paintings depicting courtly life amid the Indian rulers of the era. Highlights include a 17th-century Deccan dagger sash-cord ornament, as well as a genealogical chart of the Emperor Jahangir and his family, depicted in a series of miniature, circular portraits; they appear almost as though brilliant jewels, set into the paper, providing an interesting comparison between painting and decorative arts. Find out more about ‘Emperors & Jewels’ from the Aga Khan Museum’s website.

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Genealogical Chart of Jahangir, Dhanraj

Genealogical Chart of Jahangir (1610–23), Dhanraj. Photo: © Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Dagger sash cord ornament (probably first half of 17th century), northern Indian or Deccan.

Dagger sash cord ornament (probably first half of 17th century), northern Indian or Deccan. Photo: © The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait

Insignia (Mahi-o Marateb) (17th century), Northern India or Deccan.

Insignia (Mahi-o Marateb) (17th century), Northern India or Deccan. Photo: © The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait

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