Central Asian Art by Vladimir Lukonin and Anatoli Ivanov

By Vladimir Lukonin and Anatoli Ivanov

The stern prohibition at the illustration of the human shape has channeled creative production into structure and architectural ornament. This ebook is a paranormal journey via imperative Asia - Khirgizia, Tadjikistan, Turkmenia, and Uzbekistan - a cradle of historic civilisations and a repository of the Oriental arts encouraged by way of Buddhism and Islam. There are outstanding, full-colour images of the deserted towns of Mervand Urgench, Khiva, the capital of the Kharezm, with its mausoleum of Sheikh Seid Allahuddin, and the Golden highway to Samarkand , the Blue urban, a middle of civilisation for 2,500 years.

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The representations of Heracles and Athena in the Khalchayan Palace already offer serious modifications to the local culture: Athena’s face is far from having the majesty of Zeus’ daughter. Only the form of her helmet makes her recognisable. At the beginning of our era several important centres of culture already existed. At Khalchayan, reliefs were mainly realised in painted clay. They were among the mural compositions with numerous figures where the heads of the characters were worked in high relief and even in round bosse.

P. 47) 45 46 48 All the walls are covered in azure, turquoise, and gold mosaics. The edifices of the 14th and 15th century are dominated by polychrome decoration in glazed bricks and baked clay. The same process is used for the interior decorations and sometimes the polychrome paintings are enriched with gold. Ornamental sculpture on wood or stone also became more important during this epoch. There were also new tendencies in the ornamentation; plant motifs predominate rather than geometrical ones.

Kunya-Urgench, Turkmenistan. (p. 35) 36 centuries at Uzgen, the Sanjar Mausoleum at Merv (mid-12th century), the Fakhr alDin al-Razi Mausoleum at Kunya-Urgench (12th century), the coupled mausoleums Hodja-Machad at Saëd (12th century), to feel all the artistic richness of the buildings of that period. Predominance of religious art Mausoleums and mosques are present in all Muslim towns. The great mosques are particularly sumptuous. They are distinguished by their important dimensions, their portals, their large courtyards surrounded by a gallery having a portico with columns, the iwan, at its central point.

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