Material and Visual Culture of South Asia

(class leader: Mallica Kumbera Landrus)

Patterns of patronage that developed under Mughal and European rule in South Asia had significant consequences for visual material and culture on the Indian subcontinent.
Aware of the potential of art and architecture as means of self-representation, political powers asserted their status in diverse ways. To express multiple identities, they drew ideas from regional and trans-regional cultures. Objects and architectural sites will be examined in light of their cultural, political and socio-economic context, as well as stylistic developments, and the emergence of new ideas produced under the political authority exercised by the different religious groups. Using the collections in the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the classes will be held in an Eastern Art study room with opportunities for students to handle and view objects that represent the period and are relevant to the topic discussed each week.

Reading list

List of examination essay questions (to become available at 12.00 noon on Friday of Eighth Week of Hilary Term)