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The Art of the Mughals after 1600
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief discussion of artistic production in the Mughal era after the death of Akbar (1542-1605). With 12 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/mugh_2/hd_mugh_2.htm
The Art of the Mughals before 1600
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief discussion of artistic production in the Mughal era, particularly during the reign of Akbar (1542-1605), the grandson of Babur (1483-1530), who founded the dynasty in 1526. With 8 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/mugh/hd_mugh.htm
Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Discusses the construction, design, and use of carpets in Mughal India. With activities, resources, historical background, and 7 carpets from the Metropolitan Museum's permanent collection.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/crpt/hd_crpt.htm
In the Realm of Gods and Kings: Arts of India
Asia Society
Online presentation of a 2004-05 exhibition of Indian art. The site features mostly paintings from the 16th to the 19th century and is divided into two sections: The Realm of Kings (subtopics The Hunt; Court Life; Kings, Courtiers, and Women; Courtly Manuscripts) and The Realm of Gods (subtopics The Temple and Sacred Text; Krishna; Rama; Devi; Shiva; Saints and Sadhus). Each subsection has text and one to two images.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/godkings/index.html
India Outside In [PDF]
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Enter the world of Indian religious and cultural art by approaching it as an outsider eager to look in. For two centuries, Great Britain controlled various Indian regions and left an indelible mark on Indian culture. At the same time, colonizers were unable to remain unaffected by the rich Indian culture that surrounded them. In this series of activities, students will follow different approaches and listen to different voices in order to explore and draw conclusions about Indian visual representations of religious faith.

Go to Museum Resource: https://content.sbma.net/education/lessonPlans/pdf/73India%20Outside%20In%20Puj...
Islamic Art of the Deccan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"The "Deccan" (derived from Dakshina) is a geographical term that refers to the plateau in south central India still ruled by Hindu kings when the first Muslim sultanates of India were established in Delhi." This essay discusses the cultural and political developments in the Deccan region during the rule of the Bahmanids (1347-1528). With 11 images of related artwork and architecture.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/decc/hd_decc.htm
Islamic Calligraphy in Practice and Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur'an
Asia Society
"This exhibition Islamic Calligraphy in Practice and its companion exhibition, Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur’an, explore Islamic art’s quintessential art form: calligraphy. In the Islamic world, the practice of calligraphy constitutes an expression of piety. The writing of Arabic script was considered an exemplary activity for men and women of all stations due to its association with the Qur’an. ... The varied works of calligraphy on display—from practice alphabets to elaborately finished manuscripts—serve as traces of individuals, belief systems, and cultures. The costly and exotic materials lavished on writing instruments also document the international trade of the period, from 1600 to 1900, and create a rich material legacy that fuses aesthetics and piety." Topics include: 1) Tools and Materials; 2) Training and Practice; 3) Contexts for Calligraphy; 4) Writing the Word of God.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/islamiccalligraphy/
The Mughal Court Paintings: Indian Artists and Techniques
Asia Society
An introduction to the materials and techniques of the Mughal court painters.

Go to Museum Resource: http://asiasociety.org/arts-culture/visual-arts/mughal-court-paintings
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