Maninder Singh Gill

Technical studies on medieval Islamic glazed tiles from northern India

The research seeks to carry out a systematic study of various forms of medieval to early modern Islamic tile work in northern India to determine their material composition, reconstruct their production technology and establish cultural and technical linkages with specimens from elsewhere in their contemporary world. Through a combination of scientific methods and complementary field work, the research seeks to apply scientific methods to corroborate the cross-cultural interaction between India and Central Asia/Iran during the medieval Islamic period as well throw light on probable reasons for the deterioration of the tiles.

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 Educational background

  • MA, Conservation, National Museum Institute, Delhi, 2001

Gill, M.S. and Rehren, Th., Material characterization of ceramic tile mosaic from two 17th century Islamic monuments in northern India, Archaeometry 53, 2011, pp. 22-36

Gill, M.S., An investigation and assessment of tile work on Nila Gumbad, Glass and Ceramics Conservation 2010: interim meeting of the ICOM-CC Working Group, October 3-6, 2010, Corning, New York, Corning Museum of Glass, New York, ed. Hannelore Roemich, 2010, pp.202-209

Gill, M.S., Analytical procedures for material characterization of Islamic glazed tiles (in India), Conservation of Cultural Heritage (Essays in honour of Shri A.S. Bisht), Agam Kala Prakashan, ed. Kamal K. Jain, 2009, pp. 119-123

Gill, M.S. and Menon, S., Condition assessment and mapping of decorative features on monuments, Conservation Issues in Asia (Asian Regional Cooperation Conference, New Delhi 2008), INTACH, New Delhi, ed. Agrawal, O.P., Sinha, N. and Singh, S., 2009, pp. 9-17

Menon, S., Gill, M.S., Verhave, J. and Blok, V., Conservation of khatamband polychrome decorative ceilings, ICOM 15thTriennial Conference: New Delhi 2008, Preprints, Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, v. 2, 2008, pp. 913-918

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