Forthcoming Events 2018-05-13T12:14:41+00:00

Tuesday, 26th June, 2018

The Royal Workshops of Lahore An illustrated talk by Susan Stronge

Akbarnama - Pakistan SocietyTime: 6.00 for 6.30pm
Venue: High Commission for Pakistan, 36 Lowndes Square, London SW1X 8JN.
Admission: This event is open to Members of The Pakistan Society and their guests.
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This talk tells the intriguing story of artistic production in Lahore at the height of its Mughal glory: the exquisite miniatures and manuscripts, the gold-inlaid swords and daggers, the sumptuous carpets, the jewels, the astonishing astrolabes and celestial spheres. In the in the 16th and early 17th centuries, the Mughal emperors travelled regularly to the northern capital of their empire, staying for weeks, months or even years. Court workshops, artists, and the royal library sometimes moved with them from Agra and Delhi, and some of the emperor Akbar’s most famous and beautiful manuscripts, including the history of his reign, the Akbarnama, were written and illustrated in Lahore. At the same time the city had its own luxury industries. Carpets of the highest quality were made for the court, for the elite of the empire and for foreign traders. Families of hereditary craftsmen made highly sophisticated astrolabes and celestial spheres, while others made the swords and daggers for which the city was renowned, or the highly coloured glazed tiles that ornamented imperial structures across the city.

Lahore’s fortunes declined in the political turmoil of the 18th century, until a young Ranjit Singh united Sikh forces behind him and took control of the city in 1799. Two years later he was proclaimed the first Sikh Maharaja of the Punjab. With her extensive knowledge of the period, and access to a vast library of beautiful images, Susan Stronge will describe how, under his patronage, the traditional art and crafts industries of the city were revived, and how Ranjit Singh’s historians consciously evoked the Mughal past in praising the splendour of his court.

Susan Stronge is a Senior Curator in the Asian Department of the V&A Museum, London. Her main interest is Mughal court art of the reigns of Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan, and she has published on a wide range of topics ranging from the Mughal art of the book to the jewellery of this period. Her exhibitions include the award-winning Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms, and Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection, both held at the V&A. Her books include Painting for the Mughal Emperor (2002), Made for Mughal Emperors (2010), Tipu’s Tigers (2009) and Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection (2015). Her most recent research concentrates on the glazed tile revetments of Lahore and Kashmir made during the reign of Shah Jahan.

Wednesday  9th May,  2018

Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: High Commission for Pakistan, 36 Lowndes Square, London SW1X 8JN.
Admission: This event is open only to Members of The Pakistan Society.
Light refreshments will be served after the meeting

Mrs Shama Husain,
The Pakistan Society,
8 Harriet Walk,
Tel: 07427 500 377

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