Do you know who decorated Jami's poems?

Architectural monuments and archaeological excavations on the territory of our country indicate the development of ornamental decoration over several millennia.‌‌

Do you know who decorated Jami's poems?

But very little is known about decorators. Mahmud-mudhahhib, according to his nickname, worked as an ornamentalist and gilder, and probably his skills acquired in Herat influenced the formation of the Bukharan style. Besides that, Mirak kitabdar was named as the gilding designer of the copy of Jami poems finished in Bukhara in 950 / 1543 – 1544. A. A. Ivanov cites six names of the masters mentioned in various 16 th-century documents from Bukhara and Samarkand, who had the word naqqash added to their names – meaning an artist generally, both of ornamental and miniature painting; but their works are unknown. 

These are khwaja Husain-naqqash, Rustam-naqqash, Mir Naqqash ibn Qalandar, khwaja Sharif-naqqash ibn ‘Abd al-Samad al-Haravi, Muhammad-naqqash and Mulla Muhammad-naqqash (perhaps the latter two names belong to one person). It is worth mentioning that it is the work of ornamental artists, especially those dealing with border decorations, that makes the books produced in Bukhara recognizable.

You can learn more about the topic in the book-album "Arts of the book in the 15th–17th-century Mawarannahr" (Volume XVII) in the series "Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan in the World Collections". 

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