Central Asian art by Vladimir Grigorʹevich Lukonin; Anatoly Ivanov

By Vladimir Grigorʹevich Lukonin; Anatoly Ivanov

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Tilya-Kori Madrasah, 17th century. Samarkand, Uzbekistan. It suffices to compare the groups of karakhan mausoleums of the 11th and 12th Main façade, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, 17th century. Bukhara, Uzbekistan. (p. 34) Portal, Turabek-Khanym Mausoleum. 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.

Among the polychromy that would triumph in the following centuries, appeared bricks and tiles enamelled in blue for the surfaces of the domes or appliqued ornaments inserted into the ornamental design of the walls. Geometrical motifs dominated. The diversity and complexity are such that it is difficult to decipher structure. The golden age of the builders After the Mongol invasion and its train of destruction, construction reappeared in Central Asia. The 14th century saw the construction of the Muhammad Bashshar Mausoleum, the Manas Gumbaz Mausoleum, and the Kubba of the Sufi dynasty, called the Turabek Khanum Mausoleum.

In the first place, the modern architecture, which borrowed traditional planning from medieval architecture took into account the natural conditions particular to each region (aeration systems, principles of orientation, antiseismic measures). Many elements common to the old architecture were introduced with great success in the planning of the edifices, such as the ogival arches, the vaulted iwans or the stalactites with monumental forms which may protect from the sun. Modern urban architecture takes its inspiration mainly form traditional decoration.

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