The Rathores & The Mughals

The Lal Dera, late 17th to early 18th century

It is no coincidence that the origin of the English word “mogul” comes from the name of the Mughal Empire. In 1561, the Mughal Empire began centuries of political and military alliances between the Mughals and the Rathores. Paintings of the court and portraits of kings from the 17th and 18th century illustrate the history that led to the movement of objects throughout these alliances in the 16th and 17th centuries. A wide array of ornate sabers, daggers, and rifles flanks the extraordinary 17th-century Lal Dera tent, one of the oldest, if not the only, intact Indian military tents in existence.

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