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The Politics of Performance: Akbar and Images of Sun Veneration

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The Politics of Performance: Akbar and Images of Sun Veneration

Location: Museum Boardroom

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Saturday, November 23
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Museum Boardroom

Though Mughal emperor Akbar remained a Sunni Muslim, he borrowed from various religious traditions as a means of appealing to the spiritually diverse populace over which he ruled. Akbar’s commission of multiple portraits of himself in the act of sun veneration speaks to his personal investment in this performance of religious tolerance. Situating this group of portraits within the cultural and political climate of the day, this talk by Dr. Krista Gulbransen, assistant professor at Whitman College, explores Akbar’s motivations and the role these portraits played in the construction of his public persona and legacy.

Sponsored by the South Asian Arts Council (SAAC)

Free SAAC Members | $10 Museum members | $15 nonmembers | $5 students

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November 23, 2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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