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The Hadith of the Prophet in "Kok Gumbaz"

The Hadith of the Prophet in "Kok Gumbaz"

The frieze at the top of the Kok Gumbaz mosque, built in Shahrisabz in 839/1435, is covered in inscriptions executed in the thuluth script.

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What is Maulana Kaukabi famous for?

What is Maulana Kaukabi famous for?

The Herat traditions found their continuation in the culture of Bukhara and Samarkand in the following centuries. The proximity of the musical traditions of Herat and Bukhara is the result of long-standing historical interconnections between the two cities, migrations of musicians from one city to another, and the exchange of musical values.

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What technique are used to make many types of Samarkand skullcaps?

What technique are used to make many types of Samarkand skullcaps?

The shape, colour and ornament of the skullcap reflect the peculiarities of the way of life of the population of a particular area.

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Texts glorifying Allah in the inscriptions of the Gumbazi Sayyidan in Shakhrisabz

Texts glorifying Allah in the inscriptions of the Gumbazi Sayyidan in Shakhrisabz

According to the information contained in the album-book "Architectural Epigraphy of Uzbekistan," dedicated to the Kashkadarya region, published as part of the project "Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan in the World Collections," the dome and epigraphy of the Gumbazi Sayyidan mausoleum in Shakhrisabz, reminiscent of the Shahi Zinda in Samarkand, made of tiles, were restored in 1975.

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Afghan Craftsmen in the Uzbek Market

Afghan Craftsmen in the Uzbek Market

Along with the indigenous peoples, photographers of the past captured Afghans and Indians who came for trade and sometimes lived for long periods in Central Asian cities, adding to their ethnic diversity.

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Do you know the types of stitches used in embroidery?

Do you know the types of stitches used in embroidery?

The art of embroidery was widespread among both the settled and semi-nomadic populations of the Uzbek Khanates. The inhabitants of the oases embroidered large-format interior panels to decorate their homes, while the steppe people used this type of needlework to decorate clothing and its parts, as well as to embellish various types of bags.

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Where are the hadiths collected by Abu Layth Samarqandi kept?

Where are the hadiths collected by Abu Layth Samarqandi kept?

In the cultural institutions of the Czech Republic, art objects from Uzbekistan are represented by small but very expressive collections, confirming the uniqueness of Uzbek cultural heritage.

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Who copied the manuscript of "Gulistan"?

Who copied the manuscript of "Gulistan"?

The French were very interested in Saadi's work "Gulistan".

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A young man with a book from the Louvre

A young man with a book from the Louvre

One very famous page from a dispersed muraqqa album from the early 17th century is kept under the code "OA 7109" in the Islamic Art Department of the Louvre.

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Geometric Motifs in the Decoration of Skullcaps

Geometric Motifs in the Decoration of Skullcaps

The ornaments on skullcaps demonstrate the amazing skill of embroiderers, national identity, convey the spirit of the people, love of life and bright colors of nature, the desire to embody in color the images of the surrounding world as they are seen in the poetic tradition.

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Preserving and Promoting the Legacy of Mawarannahr: New Horizons of Cooperation in Madrid

Preserving and Promoting the Legacy of Mawarannahr: New Horizons of Cooperation in Madrid

Mawarannahr and the history of the peoples of Central Asia, their state traditions and cultural heritage have always been of interest to foreign researchers.

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Who is Kuragan in the Kok Gumbaz inscriptions?

Who is Kuragan in the Kok Gumbaz inscriptions?

"Kuragan" is found in the inscriptions of the Kok Gumbaz mosque in Shahrisabz, which is described as a "mosque embodying beauty, elegance of forms, and many other high qualities."

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Khorezm, Bukhara-Samarkad schools of Uzbek metal coinage

Khorezm, Bukhara-Samarkad schools of Uzbek metal coinage

Such regional schools of Uzbek metal chasing as Khorezm, Bukhara-Samarkand and Fergana differ in the shape of products, the nature of the decor and methods of decoration.

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50-volume edition of "Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan" presented in Berlin

50-volume edition of "Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan" presented in Berlin

Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Germany Dilshod Akhatov ceremoniously presented a 50-volume edition of the series "Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan" to Hermann Parzinger, President of the Berlin State Museums and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.

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Embroidery secrets

Embroidery secrets

The art of embroidery was widespread among both the sedentary and semi-nomadic populations of the Uzbek Khanates.

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Ruijo in Červená Lhota Castle

Ruijo in Červená Lhota Castle

Ruijo is an embroidered bedsheet for newlyweds’ bed.

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Images that also adorn poetry

Images that also adorn poetry

As in Iran, besides historical writings, extensive poetic texts were also illustrated here.

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"Divan-i Shahi" - the work of a calligrapher who served the Sultan and Navoi

"Divan-i Shahi" - the work of a calligrapher who served the Sultan and Navoi

The calligrapher Sultan ‘Ali Mashhadi (1453 – 1520) is a great Persian master of the nasta‘liq script.

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Kamal ud-din Behzad's miniatures in the world collections

Kamal ud-din Behzad's miniatures in the world collections

During his long and eventful life, Kamal ud-din Behzad collected a vast artistic heritage.

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Portraits of Central Asian Rulers

Portraits of Central Asian Rulers

Portraits of representatives of the Central Asian ruling elite are important documents of the political history and political culture of the region in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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The homeland of velvet skullcaps

The homeland of velvet skullcaps

The shape, color, and ornamentation of a skullcap reflect the characteristics of the way of life of the population in a particular area.

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The work that made Abu Ali ibn Sina famous

The work that made Abu Ali ibn Sina famous

A man of encyclopedic knowledge, a person who made a great contribution to the development of world civilization, one of the geniuses of world medical science, Abu Ali ibn Sina clearly distinguished between similar diseases.

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The spiritual heritage that formed the basis for the outstanding works of Abu Ali ibn Sina...

The spiritual heritage that formed the basis for the outstanding works of Abu Ali ibn Sina...

Abu Ali ibn Sina, known in the East as "Shaykh ur-rais" and in Western Europe as Avicenna, wrote over 450 works.

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The journey of Parisian traveler Edouard Blanc to Central Asia...

The journey of Parisian traveler Edouard Blanc to Central Asia...

Edouard Blanc, a representative of the Geographical Society of Paris, organized an expedition to Central Asia in 1890-1891.

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A work that tells about the fixed stars

A work that tells about the fixed stars

Several works of the great scientist Mirzo Ulugbek have reached us.

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Who brought Ganjavi's work to Iran?

Who brought Ganjavi's work to Iran?

For some unknown reason the Persian poem Makhzan al-asrar (the Treasure of the Secrets) by Nizami Ganjavi was sent to Safavid Iran, where in 1610 – 1620 was added a nice painted double page at the beginning of the book, in the manner of the famous Riza ‘Abbasi of Isfahan.

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Why are there few historical photographs of Uzbeks?

Why are there few historical photographs of Uzbeks?

Historical photographs depict people from various ethnicities who lived in the territory of modern Uzbekistan.

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Unique Margilan Skullcaps

Unique Margilan Skullcaps

The shape, color, and ornamentation of a skullcap reflect the unique lifestyle of the people in a particular region.

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The Vigilant Ruler's Criticized Policy

The Vigilant Ruler's Criticized Policy

There is only one photograph of Muzaffar al-Din Bahadur Khan, who ruled the emirate from 1860 to 1885, made in the first half of the 1880s by F. Orde, but reproduced in various editions of that time.

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Zoomorphic ornaments in the decor of skullcaps

Zoomorphic ornaments in the decor of skullcaps

The ornaments on skullcaps demonstrate the amazing craftsmanship of embroiderers, national identity; convey the spirit of the people, love for life and the bright colours of nature, the desire to embody images of the surrounding world in colour as they are seen in the poetic tradition.

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The Bukhara school of calligraphy: Personalia

The Bukhara school of calligraphy: Personalia

Well-known representatives of the Bukhara school of calligraphy include:

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How was the art of music viewed in the East in the Middle Ages?

How was the art of music viewed in the East in the Middle Ages?

Enjoying music became an inextricable attribute of the hedonistic lifestyle, which was followed by a notable portion of enlightened Herat society.

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Son of a respected ruler - Mir Alim Khan

Son of a respected ruler - Mir Alim Khan

One of the earliest photographs of the son and heir to Abd al-Ahad Khan, the emir Seyid Mir Alim Khan (1880 – 1944), was made by the court photographer V. Yasvoin in 1893, in St. Petersburg.

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What scripts were popular in the East in the 9th-10th centuries?

What scripts were popular in the East in the 9th-10th centuries?

The earliest manuscript from the Institute’s collection is a copy of the Qur’an, written in the 9th century in Kufiс script. The most recent was transcribed in the first quarter of the 20th century.

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Representatives of the Herat school of calligraphy

Representatives of the Herat school of calligraphy

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How was the musical culture of Herat different under Husayn Bayqara and Alisher Navoi (Part II)

How was the musical culture of Herat different under Husayn Bayqara and Alisher Navoi (Part II)

The coexistence of secular and religious (spiritual) tendencies and, in some cases, their mutual enrichment, is characteristic for the culture of the period of Husayn Bayqara and Alisher Navoi.

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