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By Vladimir Lukonin, Anthony Ivanov

The stern prohibition at the illustration of the human shape has channeled creative construction into structure and architectural ornament. This publication is a paranormal travel via critical Asia - Khirgizia, Tadjikistan, Turkmenia, and Uzbekistan - a cradle of historical civilisations and a repository of the oriental arts encouraged via Buddhism and Islam. There are marvelous, full-colour photos of the deserted towns of Mervand Urgench, Khiva, the capital of the Kharezm, with its mausoleum of Sheikh Seid Allahuddin, and “the Golden street to Samarkand”, the Blue urban, a middle of civilisation for 2,500 years.

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The earth tiles that adorn the surface, even if they are not of the same quality and have repetitive decorative designs, continued to play an important role in the architectural decoration. But, as in the past, the artistic trades linked to architecture are of high quality. Gur-e Amir Mausoleum, 15th century. Samarkand, Uzbekistan. 49 Kusam-ibn-Abbas Mausoleum, 14th century. Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Shah-i-Zinda Ensemble, entrance detail. Samarkand, Uzbekistan. 50 52 53 The ceilings, doors, columns, panels and tombstones demonstrate high artistic form, particularly in the wood and stone sculptures.

But in many cases (as in the Arab-Ata Mausoleum), these inscriptions also contain historical information (dates, names, sometimes the names of the builders). The calligraphers must have written the texts with great exactitude and care for the beauty of the Arabic writing, proportions, harmony, and rhythm. Vault, Abdul Aziz Madrasa, 17th century. Bukhara, Uzbekistan. (left) Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum (detail), 19th century. Khiva, Uzbekistan. (right) Bolo-khauz Mosque, 18th century. Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

Pp. 28-29) 30 The Arab-Ata Mausoleum at Tim (Uzbekistan), dated 977, is the first type of funerary monument with portal and cupola. Its façade is emphasied by a monumental portal topped by a gracious blind arch. The principal ornamentation – brick masonry or sculpted stucco – is concentrated on the portal. Geometrical ornaments (ghirikh) begin to appear as well as the first epigraphic decorations, like the one on the façade. Central Asian people are particularly fond of ornaments. Geometrical and vegetal designs, abstract or epigraphic, cover practically everything – from the portals of the palaces to snuff-boxes.

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