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From Konkan to Coromandel – Deccan Heritage, Art and Culture (Summer 2022)
From Konkan to Coromandel – Deccan Heritage, Art and Culture (Summer 2022). The fourth season of seminars and lectures co-organized by the Deccan Heritage Foundation, the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, and the Bangalore International Centre, presenting the pioneering work of scholars in various cultural fields from both the Northern and Southern Deccan regions of India.
The tiles which embellished many monuments in the Deccan represent one of the richest and finest tile traditions of the Islamic world. The combination of multiple foreign artistic and technical influences with those from closer to home, both Deccani and from elsewhere in the subcontinent, have produced architectural ceramics of unique quality and variety. Examples can still be seen in the monuments of Daulatabad, Bidar, Bijapur, Golconda and Hyderabad. Sadly today, the remains of this glorious tradition are scanty. In this discussion, we will look at some of the most important examples and try to join some of the gaps in our knowledge. There will also be an opportunity to suggest avenues for future investigation.
Image credit (website & poster): Detail of the cut tile mosaic decoration in the Badshahi Ashurkhana in Hyderabad, 1592, tiles c.1612. PC: Arthur Millner
In collaboration with the Deccan Heritage Foundation, the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, and the Bangalore International Centre.
Arthur Millner is a consultant in Islamic, Indian, Himalayan and South-East Asian art, based in London. He studied at Queens’ College, Cambridge and SOAS, University of London. He started his career at Sotheby’s and later had a gallery in London. He has spent the last fifteen years working independently, advising collectors and auction rooms, as well as lecturing and writing. He has written two books: Damascus Tiles (2015) and, most recently, Indian Tiles (2021).