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Surrey Network Study Day – Art and Objects of the Mughal Emperors – Dr Ursula Weekes

18 March @ 09:30 16:00


The Mughals established their dynasty in India in the early 16th century, in an empire that soon stretched from Kabul in the west, to Bengal in the east, and from Kashmir in the north, to the edges of the Deccan plateau in the south. Successive emperors were keenly aware of the importance of art, architecture and luxury items to consolidate and enhance their power. Gift exchange was a fundamental aspect of Mughal court life. As a culture derived from the itinerant court traditions of their Mongol and Timurid ancestors, they placed enormous value on the kinds of objects that were carried on one’s person (clothing, jewellery, weapons), in portable trunks (jade cups and illustrated manuscripts), and for setting up camp (carpets and tents). But the Mughals also drew extensively on Hindu concepts of sacred kingship and Indian architectural traditions to create a permanent presence in the landscape of North India. 
This study day offers a detailed examination of elite art, architecture and objects made at the Mughal court in the 16th and 17th centuries. Join art historian and expert, Dr Ursula Weekes, in a day steeped in the magnificence of Mughal material culture.

9.30 Registration
10.00 Imperial Image: Visualizing the Mughal Emperor: their view of their dynastic rule
11.00 Coffee / Tea
11.30 The Settings of the Court: Mughal Palaces, Carpets and Tents: iconic buildings of the empire
12.30 Lunch – Bring-Your-Own – Tea / Coffee available
1.30 Mughal Portraiture: motivation behind the interest in realism in Mughal portraits
2.30 Tea / Coffee
3.00 A Nobleman’s Attire: Textiles, Jewellery & Personal Arms: the magnificent clothing, textiles,
jewellery worn and weapons carried
4.00 Departure

Speaker – Dr Ursula Weekes is an independent art historian based in London, who specializes in Mughal India. She teaches for the V&A Academy, Guildford High School and leads tours to India for Andante Travels. She was educated at St John’s College, Cambridge, and the Courtauld Institute of Art, and subsequently lived in Delhi for seven years, teaching at the National Museum Institute and Jawaharlal Nehru University (School of Arts and Aesthetics). She is currently writing a book on Mughal Court Painting in India for Reaktion Books Ltd (forthcoming in 2022). You can find her on Instagram @ursulaweekes.

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18 March
09:30 – 16:00
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Ian Funnell

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