Experience the passion for opulence among the princes of India. Exquisite objects decorated with gems and carved from semi-precious stone reflect life at the courts.
Aug 18, 2018 – Jan 27, 2019 at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto

Discover the deep roots of contemporary fashion’s love affair with men’s jewellery and adornments in this display of exquisitely crafted jewelled artworks from Mughal India. Decorated with gems such as diamonds and carved from semi-precious stone like jade, the objects in this exhibition are drawn from Kuwait’s al-Sabah Collection, one of the foremost collections of Islamic arts in the world.


Whether they are gem-studded rings and cups, intricately carved dagger hilts and trays, or any of the many other glittering artworks on display, all the objects in this exhibition reflect the opulence of life at the courts of the Mughals and their contemporaries. As great patrons of the jewelled arts, which blended Central Asian, Persian, and Indian traditions, the Mughals contributed to a flowering of creativity and craftsmanship in India from the 16th to 19th centuries.


Paintings from the Aga Khan Museum’s Collection, showing receptions and gardens, hunts and battles are displayed both as original miniatures and as spectacular enlargements, setting the scene for the jewelled artworks and revealing how passionate Mughal princes were about art and beauty, adorning themselves “with all splendour and magnificence,” both to feast and to fight.

Dr. Filiz Çakır Phillip, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Salam Kaoukji, The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait