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Images of fauna in the art of Central Asia

Images of fauna in the art of Central Asia

Since the Bronze Age, Central Asians have used images of fauna to represent virtues of vitality and power.

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Central Asian fabrics in the Reisbords collection

Central Asian fabrics in the Reisbords collection

With the enduring support and encouragement of his wife, artist Elizabeth Bloom Reisbord, Dr. Reisbord has carefully and thoughtfully collected textiles from Uzbekistan and greater Central Asia over the course of 30 years.

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Where is one of the rare monuments from the time of Amir Temur?

Where is one of the rare monuments from the time of Amir Temur?

The complex's main monument, Dar us-sadat, is the mausoleum of Jahangir (or Khazrati Imam).

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What do you know about "Abrbandi"?

What do you know about "Abrbandi"?

Ikat, called abrbandi or “cloud binding” in Central Asia, involves dyeing warp threads prior to arranging them on the loom.

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David and Elizabeth Reisbords collection

David and Elizabeth Reisbords collection

With the enduring support and encouragement of his wife, artist Elizabeth Bloom Reisbord, Dr. Reisbord has carefully and thoughtfully collected textiles from Uzbekistan and greater Central Asia over the course of 30 years.

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About the mystical poem and its author in the Oqsaroy inscriptions

About the mystical poem and its author in the Oqsaroy inscriptions

One of the inscriptions in Arabic on the columns of Oqsaroy contains poetic praise of Allah, expressed in the style of Sufism.‌‌

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How was “Dar us-sadat” built?

How was “Dar us-sadat” built?

On the territory of the Dar us-Sadat ensemble, consisting of mausoleums and steps, known as one of the unique monuments of the era of Amir Temur, large archaeological excavations were carried out in 1970–80, as a result of which a significant number of architectural remains were revealed.

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Quote in praise of Ali, the first imam of the Shi’ite Imam

Quote in praise of Ali, the first imam of the Shi’ite Imam

One of the method of demonstrating a family’s affluence was textiles covered in iroqi, or cross-stitch embroidery.

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Gift from a tea merchant‌‌

Gift from a tea merchant‌‌

A separate university building – the Indian Institute – had instead provided the main repository of non-Western art in Oxford.

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Unique chapans in collections‌‌

Unique chapans in collections‌‌

Doris (Pip) Rau, Janet Harvey, Sheila Paine and John Gillow, all of them shared a passion for textiles and had substantial knowledge of the textiles they collected and whose collections have been published extensively.

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The most beautiful Uzbek ethnographic materials

The most beautiful Uzbek ethnographic materials

The Uzbek ethnographic materials in the collections of the British Museum are very diverse, they are also diverse in geographical features and include the arts and crafts of nomadic and sedentary rural populations, as well as various exhibits created in urban settings.‌‌

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Where used to be the only city necropolis for the political and religious elite?‌‌

Where used to be the only city necropolis for the political and religious elite?‌‌

The architectural complex Dar us-sadat occupies the south-east part of the Shahrisabz city of Kashkadarya region.

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To whom is the work “Tavarikh-i Guzida-yi Nusratnama” dedicated?

To whom is the work “Tavarikh-i Guzida-yi Nusratnama” dedicated?

In the album entitled “Miniatures from some Byzantine, Bulgarian, Russian, Chaghatay, and Persian Manuscripts” published in 1902, Stasov investigated illustrations of the copy of “Tavarikh-i Guzida-yi Nusratnama” (“Selected Stories from the Book of Victory”) stored in the British Museum.

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Two manuscripts in Istanbul and Munich: did the same calligrapher work on them?

Two manuscripts in Istanbul and Munich: did the same calligrapher work on them?

The manuscript of Hazrat Navoi's work "Khamsa" in Istanbul was copied by the calligrapher Pir Ahmad ibn Iskandar in 937 (1530-1531). The manuscript contains 16 illustrations.‌‌

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What gift did Amir of Bukhara Muzaffar al-Din bring to  Alexander II?

What gift did Amir of Bukhara Muzaffar al-Din bring to Alexander II?

On the occasion of the Alexander’s II 20th anniversary of enthronement, the Amir of Bukhara Muzaffar al-Din arrived at St. Petersburg and brought presents, among them two manuscripts, which were then handed over to the Public Library.

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Silk-embroidered suzanis with floral forms

Silk-embroidered suzanis with floral forms

Silk-embroidered suzanis with an undyed cotton ground with colorful and expressive foliate and floral forms are also part of the Reisbord collection, including a fine example from Bukhara.

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Kiymeshek, ak zhegde, zheng ush in the Albion Collection

Kiymeshek, ak zhegde, zheng ush in the Albion Collection

In 1997, for the first time in his life, American researcher Adam Albion arrived in Nukus, Karakalpakstan, to take part in an international conference.

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An exhibition of book-albums from the series "Architectural Epigraphy of Uzbekistan" is being held in Shahrisabz

An exhibition of book-albums from the series "Architectural Epigraphy of Uzbekistan" is being held in Shahrisabz

An international conference on the theme "Current Issues of Museums in Uzbekistan" is taking place at the Shahrisabz State Museum-Reserve of the Kashkadarya region.

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Uzbekistan – Oman: New Horizons of Cultural Cooperation

Uzbekistan – Oman: New Horizons of Cultural Cooperation

On February 27, at the office of the World Society for the Study, Preservation, and Popularization of the Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan, a working meeting took place between WOSCU Chairman Firdavs Abdulkhalikov and the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Wafa Jabr Nasser al-Busaidi.

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The book that introduced the Czech people to the great commander‌‌

The book that introduced the Czech people to the great commander‌‌

The artistic level of the printing design of publications in Czech was generally not very high.

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Do you know the history of the Ichan-Kala Museum-Reserve?

Do you know the history of the Ichan-Kala Museum-Reserve?

The first museum was established in Khiva in 1920, and in 1939, the History of the Revolution Museum was founded in the Nurulla Bai Palace.

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Back to 1497... Or the spirit of battle in paintings

Back to 1497... Or the spirit of battle in paintings

Babur is shown on horseback, accompanied by his cavalry, coming out through the gates of the Khwaja Didar fortress, where he spent the winter of 1497.

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To whom did Kaufman give the manuscript “The Samarkand Quran”?‌‌

To whom did Kaufman give the manuscript “The Samarkand Quran”?‌‌

In 1870 Turkistan Governor General K. P. von Kaufman passed an outstanding manuscript to the Public Library, the so-called Samarkand Quran, written according to the legend by caliph ‘Uthman.

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Munisaks with images of pomegranate fruits

Munisaks with images of pomegranate fruits

With the enduring support and encouragement of his wife, artist Elizabeth Bloom Reisbord, Dr. Reisbord has carefully and thoughtfully collected textiles from Uzbekistan and greater Central Asia over the course of 30 years.

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The most valuable items in the Albion collection‌‌

The most valuable items in the Albion collection‌‌

In 1997, for the first time in his life, American researcher Adam Albion arrived in Nukus, Karakalpakstan, to take part in an international conference.

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A wonderful example of architecture - the serpentine twine of Oqsaroy and its radiant colors

A wonderful example of architecture - the serpentine twine of Oqsaroy and its radiant colors

Oqsaroy in Shakhrisabz is an excellent example of architectural development during the reign of Amir Temur and the Timurids.‌‌

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Portrait of two Bukharians‌‌

Portrait of two Bukharians‌‌

Unlike many surviving albums and albums created in palace workshops, the genre of ethnographic costume album has a completely different consumer and is intended for the commercial market of traveling foreigners.‌

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How are the names of the masters mentioned in the inscriptions of Oqsaroy?

How are the names of the masters mentioned in the inscriptions of Oqsaroy?

The mentioned quotes and wishes are also repeated a number of times.

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Collection of portraits of the rulers of Central Asia

Collection of portraits of the rulers of Central Asia

The album with Central Asian paintings now in the collection of the British Museum also used to belong to the British Library; it contains several portraits of Uzbek rulers, like ‘Abdullah Khan and illustrations produced by Central Asian artists, like Muḥammad Nadir al-Samarqandi.

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A work by the famous Khorasan doctor, poet, and lawyer Fakhr al-din Abu ‘Abd Allah Muhammad ibn ‘Umar al-Razi

A work by the famous Khorasan doctor, poet, and lawyer Fakhr al-din Abu ‘Abd Allah Muhammad ibn ‘Umar al-Razi

Rare medical books include one in Uzbek by Ja’far ibn Khazaraspi (19th century) titled “Multaqat al-tibb” (The Collection of Medical Information) dedicated to the Khorezmian sheikh Sayyid Ahmad al-Husayni.

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“Cultural heritage as a bridge between Italy and Uzbekistan”

“Cultural heritage as a bridge between Italy and Uzbekistan”

Photoreport from media event

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Media event “Cultural heritage as a bridge between Italy and Uzbekistan”

Media event “Cultural heritage as a bridge between Italy and Uzbekistan”

Presentation of the book-album “The cultural legacy of Uzbekistan in the collections of Italy”.

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A tower having lost 80 percent of its architectural decoration

A tower having lost 80 percent of its architectural decoration

The tall building with a blue dome Oqsaroy is the highest achievement in the history of architecture of the entire Islamic world.

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Temur’s portraits that interested Indians

Temur’s portraits that interested Indians

Did you know that Temur’s portraits were extremely popular among customers in Indian court workshops?

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The painting “Lovers”, which brought great fame

The painting “Lovers”, which brought great fame

Images of single figures and loving couples became common throughout Iran and Central Asia in the 16th century, when artists began producing more single-page drawings and paintings that could be featured individually in albums rather than as illustrations for manuscripts.

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The manuscript scattered across various collections around the world

The manuscript scattered across various collections around the world

A descendant of the house of Timur, founder of the powerful Timurid dynasty that ruled Iran and Central Asia from 1370 to 1507, Babur was aware of the extraordinary artistic patronage of Timur and his successors and understood the close relationship between power and patronage.

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