Archaeological Survey of India partners with Aga Khan Trust for Culture to restore Humayun’s Tomb finial

“The finial is the most prominent architectural element at Humayun’s Tomb.

It also demonstrates the advances of metallurgy in 16th century India.

The finial will be restored using traditional craftsmanship and state of art scientific research.”

– Ratish Nanda, AKTC Director

Archaeological Survey of India partners with  Aga Khan Trust for Culture to restore Humayun’s Tomb finial (Image via  Indian Express)
Archaeological Survey of India partners with Aga Khan Trust for Culture to restore Humayun’s Tomb finial
(Image via The Indian Express)

Humayun’s Tomb to get new, lookalike finial
by Sumegha Gulati | New Delhi | Posted: January 14, 2015 3:45 am

More than seven months after a storm in the capital broke the finial of Humayun’s Tomb, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has approved the conservation proposal prepared by Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) for necessary repair and restoration.

On May 30 last year, the 18-foot finial, weighing 225 kg, collapsed during the storm. The original finial has 11 copper vessels covered in a gold finish and a brass crown. A study for repair and restoration was carried out by the ASI-AKTC team and after initial discussions, AKTC was formally asked to prepare the report on June 26.

The report, officials said, showed that the 11 vessels were in a friable state and had been repaired several times over the last five centuries. “Each of the vessel was weighed and studied separately to allow comparisons with the original profile. The Sal wood had pulverised due to water retention and cement used for repair in the late 20th century had blocked the water outlet. The finial elements contained inscriptions and artwork — such as depictions of a praying man — that are considered to be of immense art history interest,” the ASI-approved report read.

Read the complete story at The Indian Express | Humayun’s Tomb to get new, lookalike finial


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