The conservators of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), who along with the Archaeological Survey of India, are renovating the 16th-century Sabz Burj tomb discovered hidden paintings in blue, yellow, red and white and some in gold on the ceiling of the tomb.
The mission of renovating is a part of 'Nizamuddin area Urban Renewal Initiative' which is funded by Interglobe foundation. According to a report by the Times of India, the conservators while removing the layers of dust and cement carelessly plastered around the tomb, found these antique geometrical designs on the ceiling of the tomb.
Sabz Burj is among the earliest Mughal buildings influenced by Timurid architecture and richly ornamented with intriguing plasterwork, ceramic tiles with geometric patterns, and decorative lattice stonework. Though traces of paintings were seen on the walls, nobody thought the ceiling would be this stunning.
It was expected that the ceiling would be ornamented with the usual lime plasters. Rather, it turned out to be engraved with masterpieces of the 16th-century.The renovation work of the tomb started in November 2017 and by the end of 2018, the sombre atmosphere of the tomb is expected to return.
The tomb, which is a home for pigeons and is surrounded by the sound of screeching honks from vehicles, also served as a local police station for Nizamuddin once.