Bahadur Shah II, last Mughal Emperor of India (1838-1857). Painted by August Schoefft in 1854. Shah II was the last Mughal emperor and a member of the Timurid Dynasty. After his involvement in the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the British tried and then exiled him from Delhi and sent him to Rangoon in then-British-controlled Desi.
The decline of the Mughal empire Indian disunity contributed to British success. By the beginning of the 19th century, India was Britain’s colonial possession. Indian ports were vital to to British sea power. This was the Mughal empire before Britain took it.
This year’s special exhibit is titled “India’s Hidden Natural Treasures” and will include the “Emperor of India,” a 10-kilogram aquamarine crystal from Karur, in the Indian state of Tamilnadu. The “Emperor of India” aquamarine is now in the collection of private Italian collector Adalberto Giazotto. (Photo courtesy Mineralientage München)
Imperial Crown of India was made for King George V to wear at the Delhi Durbar in 1911 when he was acclaimed Emperor of India. A special crown had to be made as the Imperial State Crown cannot be taken out of England