Event: Mughal India at the British Library
Location: British Library, NW1
The British Library has a major exhibition on the Mughals, who ruled the Indian subcontinent as well as Afghanistan for over 300 years. Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire looks at the Islamic dynasty, which at its peak in the 17th century was one of the richest and most powerful empires in history, leaving India with a legacy that includes the Taj Mahal and Delhi’s Red Fort.
The exhibition includes rare manuscripts, paintings, ornaments and jewels, both from the library’s collection and borrowed from museums and private collections.
Some of the highlights of the exhibition include a gold crown encrusted with precious gems, which belonged to the last Mughal emperor, and a 17th century jade terrapin thought to have belonged to Crown Prince Selim and been used as a rare ornament for the garden’s pools at the prince’s Allahabad palace.
The library is also showing Jack Kerouac’s original manuscript scroll for his Beat Generation book On the Road (until 27 Dec) to coincide with the cinema release of the film version of the book.