The 18th-19th-century jewelry
Kokand was a town located at the crossroads of the once multi-faceted Silk Road, which later became the capital of the Khanate of Kokand; therefore, it is no surprise that it was a major craft center.
Central Asian ceramics preserved over many years
Okayama Orient Museum has objects from Central Asia.
Kukrak-burma – a fashion trend of the 1890s
In the 1890s, fashion welcomed dresses with a ruffled yoke, kukrak burma, that were particularly popular and gradually started to be associated with the national costume.
Each age group has its own hairstyle
In the 19th century, people stuck to hair styling rules that marked the age and transition from one age group to another.
The unique style of pottery art of Rishtan
Rishtan remains an important ceramic production centre today.
One of the oldest finds from Khorezm
In ancient times, music was in syncretic unity with other forms of artistic expression spanning movement, dancing, rhythm, rhythmic chanting and such like.
What “secrets” of the palace are revealed in the miniature dedicated to Sultan Husayn Bayqara?
This is one of the miniatures signed by Behzad. The manuscript was made for Sultan Husayn Mirza Bayqara by the best masters of the book of his kitabkhana. The calligrapher is Sultan Ali Mashhadi.
What were the characteristics of an instrument called the “Afrasiab lute” in Sogd?
The largest center of instrumental culture in Uzbekistan in ancient times and the Early Middle Ages was the historical and cultural region of Sogd (Sogdiana), the capital of which was in Samarkand (the settlement of Afrasiab).
The role of intercountry trade, diplomatic and socio-political relations in the development of musical art
During Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, Sogd maintained commercial (trade), diplomatic and political relations with both its close and distant neighbors, playing an important role in the intense cultural exchange taking place with the countries situated along the Silk Road.
Ishton and lozim pants as a compulsory part of women’s clothes
Ishton and lozim pants in the Fergana Valley and Tashkent were a compulsory part of women’s clothes for all ages.
What instructions were written on the mosaic panel and door of the Gur-E-Amir mausoleum?
The mosaic panel and the carved door of the Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum, which are kept in the State Hermitage collection, belong to the outstanding monuments of the Timurid era.
What is written on the stone of Shaybani Khan?
An inscription on the onix similar to jade gravestone says on the fate of Shahbakht Muhammad Khan, who used the pseudonym Shaybani Khan, according to the name of his ancestor Shayban, younger son of Jochi, son of Chingiz Khan:
Another important item of women’s clothing in Central Asia is the paranja, robe covering the head and body.
Why are camels depicted on ancient Uzbek coins?
One of the most interesting stages in the history of Mavarannakhr is associated with the Karakhanid dynasty.
The jewelry worn by Uzbek women
The jewelry worn by women in the Uzbek khanates could be divided into several groups, depending on the parts of the body they adorned: forehead-temples, forehead, forehead-temples-neck, temples, braid, neck and breast, earrings, hand jewelry and so on.
The exquisite motto of the exquisite museum is “Light is the key to everything”
To substantiate this, the architect Ieoh Ming Pei used the advantages of the landscape of the place he had chosen, organically incorporating architectural structures into it.
When was Amir Temur recognized as a powerful ruler?
Since the second half of the 1340s in Mavarannakhr under the conditions of feudal strife and the invasions of neighbours in the struggle for power in the region, a number of representatives of the Turkic-Mongolian nobility show up, among whom came Timur.
The well-known Gijduvan from a side unknown to us
Did you know that one of the oldest centres of ceramic production in the area, which dates 1,500 years back, is Gijduvan, a town located around 40 kilometres from Bukhara.
Which cities did Amir Temur consider his small homeland?
Timur paid the most attention to the decoration of his small homeland – Shahrisabz, and the capital – Samarkand.
The inscription about Timur's campaign
The inscription (AFR- 5906) written on the Altyn-Chuku mountain in Karsakpay tells exactly about this event.
Lamp with the name of Amir Temur from the mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
The order on building the mausoleum above the burial place of Khoja Ahmed in the town of Yasa (modern Turkestan, Kazakhstan) was given by Amir Timur during his pilgrimage to the grave of this famous Turkic Sufi preacher, apparently at the end of 799 (1397).
What was the Tashkent mursak?
The main specific kind of women’s upper clothing in Fergana and Tashkent was mursak (mirsak, misak) that was a fasten-less tunic-like garment with an open collar which, unlike Bukhara kaltacha, slightly opened the chest and neck.
How did the wearing of headscarves change with age among women residents of Tashkent?
Virgins’ scarves had bright colors, primarily red; their ends were tied over the nape; until the late 19th century, the scarves of young women were of white muslin with an embroidered corner shaped like a fringe.
How has the decor of the Tashkent paranja changed?
In the late 19th century, factory-made fabrics – silk, brocade and Chinese atlas with woven patterns - were used to make rich paranjas.
Where did the stand-up collar in Tashkent dresses come from?
Dresses with a stand-up collar came into use from the 1880s.
What was the outerwear of the Uzbek women in Tashkent and the Fergana Valley?
The shoulder garments of Uzbek women in the Fergana Valley and Tashkent were robes (peshvon, mursak, ton, chopon), and later, in the early 20th century, they included a beshbel, a jacket and a vest.
Book-album “Historical personalities in the masterpieces of the manuscript heritage of Uzbekistan”
What kind of braided jewelry were present in the wardrobe of Tashkent women?
The braids of Tashkent women were decorated with zar-kokul pendants that hung down across cheeks or braids, but more often, females would wear soch-popuk, thread brushes in silver pipes.
Funeral rite borrowed from the Chinese
Having consolidated their position in China as a result of trade on the Silk Road, leaders (sartpau) and other high-ranking members of Sogdian communities adapted to the local culture.
Jewelry from the Kokand State Museum-Reserve and its divisions
Coins were especially popular in the manufacture of jewelry.
The first Japanese scientist to come to Uzbekistan on horseback
Baron Nishi Tokujiro (1847 – 1912), who was apparently the first Japanese who visited the territory of present-day Uzbekistan, a well-known diplomat, and in recent years a member of the Privy Council under the Emperor was born in the Satsuma Principality (now Kagoshima Prefecture).
Hospitality that became the basis for the museum project
Okayama Orient Museum was founded on April 6, 1979.
Carpet-making Techniques: Mat-making
According to the manufacturing technique, carpets are classified into mats, weavings, felts and those decorated with embroidery.
Fine glass treasury vessels
We have provided information about some of the unique collections in the Shosoin treasury.
From skullcap to dutar... Or the Uzbek atmosphere in the Museum of Japan
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Bactria and Sogdiana on the Great Silk Road - in the collection of the Japanese Museum
Miho Museum keeps collections of art of the ancient civilizations of the world, from Egypt and Mesopotamia, to China and Ancient America.