The fly whisk's handle is carved from jade, inlaid with gold and set with rubies and emeralds. An object used to swat flying pests speaks of the unpleasant realities of life in a superheated clime, but during the Mughal period in India even the most mundane objects were richly ornamented and transformed into spectacular artworks. After all, the Mughal emperors, who ruled much of the Indian subcontinent from the 16th to the 19th century, were the same people who brought... More >>>