Art from Muslim kingdoms migrating in Asia is in a new show at the Met Museum New York with the title Opulence and Fantasy.
It comes at the time of a tragic migration of Muslims from Myanmar across the Andaman Sea.
The New York exhibits show that movement of populations in Asia has a varied and diverse history. (picture below right from 1660 loaned by SC Welch)
Throughout the seventeenth century NW India was troubled by invading groups from Afghanistan and Nepal. They, also, faced difficulty and danger.
The New York exhibition has the Sultans of Deccan India crossing the mountains of the Deccan in Northern India. Other movements in response to changing environment have a much longer tradition and take the journey into their life history.
One example is the wandering glider dragonfly which makes the longest ocean crossing of any insect, between India and Africa. Cranes also fly great distances across the sub-continent. Now their life-styles are adapted to such journeys.