Mughal decorative arts: an introduction

Course Dates: 13/11/24 - 04/12/24
Time: 13:30 - 15:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the splendour and technical sophistication of the decorative arts during the Mughal era (1526-1857) in South Asia in this introductory course.
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Mughal decorative arts: an introduction
  • Course Code: VB167
  • Dates: 13/11/24 - 04/12/24
  • Time: 13:30 - 15:00
  • Taught: Wed, Daytime
  • Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Arjmand Ahmad

Course Code: VB167

Wed, day, 13 Nov - 04 Dec '24

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The decorative arts developed and flourished under the Mughals in distinct ways that have significant visual, cultural and design influence in the twenty-first century. This course will explain the origins of the Mughals and how they consciously developed and sustained a cosmopolitan yet coherent aesthetic vernacular. Jewels and jewellery, hardstones, gold, jade and textiles will be the main focus of this introductory course.

What will we cover?

- A brief look at early Mughal history.

- An examination of how Timurid, Persianate, Central Asian and indigenous South Asian decorative art traditions were syncretised and refined in the Mughal ateliers.

- A close examination of objects (many of them in British museums including the Victoria and Albert museum) including jewelled objects, hardstones, inscribed jades and some textiles.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Have a basic understanding of how the Mughals came to South Asia and the hybrid cultural influences they brought with them.

- Understand how the royal ateliers functioned.

- Identify at least three different kinds of decorative arts and the techniques and designs associated with them.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught in-person with slide presentations and group discussions, including one session in the Victoria and Albert museum. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download via the college’s Google Classroom. You will be sent an invitation to join the Google Classroom within a week of the course start date.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The Art and Architecture of Ancient India

Introduction to the Hindu Temple

The Amaravati stupa: an ancient, colonial and contemporary history

Early Buddhist art in South Asi.

Arjmand Ahmad

Arjmand is a teacher and researcher in the fields of contemporary Indigenous Australian art and South Asian art. She has been teaching at City Lit since 2016. She holds Honours degrees in Political Science and Law from the Australian National University and an MA in Art History from SOAS University of London. She was Tutor of Indian art for many years for the Diploma of Asian Art programme at SOAS. In 2024 she was awarded a PhD from SOAS University of London. Her doctoral thesis examined how private galleries in London have represented contemporary Indigenous Australian art over a thiry year period. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2020.

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