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The Safavids (1501–1736)

The Ottomans (1299–1923)

The Mughals (1526-1857)

The Mughal dynasty was founded by Babur, a direct descendant and successor of the Timurids. Following him were Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb, who consolidated the empire and developed strong trade and cultural links with the Ottomans, Safavids and Europeans. The introduction of European prints to the Mughal libraries led to the use of patterns drawn from the natural history plates of these books, while Iranian artists supervised royal ateliers, especially manuscript workshops, during the time of Humayun (r. 1530-1556) and Akbar (r. 1556-1605).

This section of the exhibition shows how Mughal patronage and arts were a syncretism between existing Timurid traditions and Hindu culture, both adapting to the rise of Islam in India, associated with external influences from Turkey, Iran and Europe. This synthesis created a Mughal style where artisans became individual artists and where new subjects were introduced to the production.