Cul­ture

The em­peror’s lav­ish jew­els, in­tri­cate bead­work, and a newly dis­cov­ered di­nosaur.

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Em­per­ors & Jew­els: Trea­sures of the In­dian Court

To Jan­uary 27

The sump­tu­ous jew­els of the Mughal em­per­ors and sul­tans who ruled In­dia from the 16th to the 19th cen­turies is on dis­play in this lat­est ex­hibit. Ac­com­pa­nied by paint­ings from the Aga Khan Mu­seum de­pict­ing scenes from hunts, gar­dens, bat­tles, and re­cep­tions, pieces from the Al-Sabah Col­lec­tion—on dis­play in Canada for the first time—show­case the royal rulers’ lav­ish tastes. Ar­ti­facts in­clude ev­ery­thing from de­tailed tur­ban or­na­ments and an elab­o­rate ring fea­tur­ing a golden bird set with ru­bies, emer­alds, and turquoise to in­tri­cately carved and be­jew­elled swords, daggers, scab­bards, cups, and bot­tles. Aga Khan Mu­seum, 77 Wyn­ford Dr., agakhan­mu­seum.org

Zuul: Life of an Ar­moured Di­nosaur

Opens De­cem­ber 15

With its short snout, long horns be­hind its eyes and its cheeks, and a gnarly face, this re­cently dis­cov­ered anky­losaur is named for the fic­tional mon­ster from the 1984 hit film Ghost­busters. Dis­cov­ered just 25 kilo­me­tres from the Al­berta bor­der, it’s one of the most com­plete anky­losaur fos­sils ever found in North Amer­ica. The 77-mil­lion-year-old ar­moured di­nosaur is known for its sledge­ham­mer-like tail, hence its species name, cruri­vas­ta­tor, which means “de­stroyer of shins.” Royal On­tario Mu­seum,

100 Queen’s Park, rom.on.ca

Beads, They’re Sewn on So Tight

To May 26 The in­tri­cate hand­i­work re­quired of con­tem­po­rary bead­work is ex­plored in this new ex­hibit, which show­cases the tal­ents of four Indige­nous artists. More than a visual art form, these 40-plus works by Bev Koski, Katie Long­boat, Jean Mar­shall, and Olivia Whetung ex­am­ine the po­lit­i­cal and so­cial re­la­tion­ships be­tween fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. Long­boat’s flo­ral cre­ations are in­flu­enced by her study of her Cree grand­mother’s own pieces, while Koski’s new works are in­formed by daily life. Tex­tile Mu­seum of Canada, 55 Cen­tre Ave., tex­tile­mu­seum.ca

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