European ambassadors seeking to establish a good relationship with the Mughal emperor, brought with them gifts which influenced Indian material culture. In turn, Indian art and luxury goods that reached Europe, paintings and textiles in particular, were highly sought after and influenced European tastes. However, India’s trading relations with China were much older and we can tell from inscriptions on individual pieces that Chinese ceramics were treasured by generations of Mughal emperors. This selection of objects gives a flavour of the interrelationships among demand, taste and influence.
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