Journey to a time where emperors dwelled in their royal palaces, surrounded by jeweled harems and swathed in luxurious fabrics dripping with precious jewels.
More than 150 years after its end, the legendary Mughal Empire of India, one of the wealthiest and most powerful dynasties the world has ever known, still continues to enthrall us today with its many tales of splendour and luxury.
Treasury of the Worldrefers to Emperor Jahangir dressed in all his resplendent finery. It gives a glimpse into the daily lives of the Mughal rulers who were renowned for their lavish lifestyle, love of beauty and vast collection of precious objects.
Indeed, the current display spans more than 400 exquisite, jeweled works of arts – with many others having vanished and their whereabouts shrouded in mystery. Other than being wowed by the dazzling display, learn more about life in the Mughal court, from leisure pursuits to food and weaponry of the royal family.
Don’t miss the ancillary events surrounding this spectacular exhibition, including special curator’s tours where Nicola Kuok guides you through the artistic sophistication and technical finesse of Indian craftsmen in the 16th – 18th centuries, as you view stunning jewellery pieces belonging to Mughal royalty.
Shah Jahan: The Eternal Love Story of a Mughal Emperor tells the tale of Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore’s poem, accompanied by celebrated Kathak dancers Vidha and Abhimanyu Lal from India. This special event is co-organised with the Tagore society and is on March 26.
The exhibition culminates in a special Treasury of the World Weekend Festival on March 27 and 28, with free admission to galleries all day to guarantee a weekend of family fun. Music, performances and food fit for an emperor await on the festival grounds as kids can try their hand at archery or transform themselves into little Mughal princesses.
Treasury of the World is on until June 13, at the Asian Civilisations Museum.