Uzbekistan: Heirs to the Silk Road

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Since its rediscovery by European explorers and travelers in the nineteenthcentury, the Silk Road has lost none of its fascination. It continues to evoke images of heavily laden caravans crossing endless deserts, steppes, and mountain ranges to reach the markets of wealthy oasis towns. From the second century BC, this network of merchants' routes, well over 4,000 miles long, linked China and the Roman Empire. It served the trade of luxury goods, notably silk, and stimulated the spread of ideas about religion, ...
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Overview

Since its rediscovery by European explorers and travelers in the nineteenthcentury, the Silk Road has lost none of its fascination. It continues to evoke images of heavily laden caravans crossing endless deserts, steppes, and mountain ranges to reach the markets of wealthy oasis towns. From the second century BC, this network of merchants' routes, well over 4,000 miles long, linked China and the Roman Empire. It served the trade of luxury goods, notably silk, and stimulated the spread of ideas about religion, culture, and art. The young republic of Uzbekistan, with its ancient urban cultural centers of Bukhara, Chiwa, and Samarkand, is the heartland of the Silk Road. The artistic and cultural history of the region, through more than two millennia, is clearly explained here, together with analyses of the architecture, the art of the book, Islamic arts and crafts, and the rich variety of textiles of the region. The wealth of illustrations is drawn from objects in European and Uzbek museums and private collections, many published for the first time.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780500974513
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 10.27 (w) x 12.80 (h) x 1.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Acknowledgements 9
Introduction 11
Prologue 14
How It All Began 21
Uzbekistan and Her Neighbours in Pre-Islamic Times 33
A Hoard of Graeco-Bactrian Coins at the State Museum of Art and Architecture, Bukhara 39
China and the West 53
The Land beyond the River: Islam in Central Asia 68
Islamic Architecture in Uzbekistan 79
The Arts of the Book in Central Asia 101
Is there a Distinctive Central Asian Type of Islamic Art? 117
Islamic Metalwork, Ninth to Fifteenth Century 123
Metalwork Since the Fifteenth Century 138
Ceramics from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century 140
Like Porcelain: Fourteenth to Sixteenth Century Ceramics from Uzbekistan 156
The Khanates of Bukhara, Khiva and Kokand 166
Aspects of an Equestrian Culture 169
Houses and Their Furnishings 189
The Textile Arts of Uzbekistan 211
Suzanis: Embroideries from Central Asia 263
Large Medallion Suzanis: An essay in interpretation 279
Jewellery of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century 284
Seventeenth to Nineteenth Century Metalwork 295
Ceramics of the Eighteenth to Twentieth Century 306
From the Russian Conquest to the Declaration of Independence 333
Uzbekistan: Geographical Aspects of a Post-Soviet Successor State in Central Asia 339
The Aral Sea: A Regional Ecologic Disaster with Global Implications 347
Bibliography 357
Picture Credits 360
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