MARBLE THRONES IN BUKHARA AND SAMARKAND FROM THE TIMURID ERA TO THE LATE MANGHIT ERA (AN ARTISTIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL STUDY)
Document Type: Original Article
Islamic Archaeology dept., Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo Univ., Cairo, Egypt
Central Asia is one of the most important regions of the Muslim world historically, culturally, and architecturally. It houses many architectural monuments throughout Islamic history, such as the palaces whose reception halls contain thrones of the coronation of princes. The present study aims to highlight the remaining marble thrones in Bukhara and Samarkand from the Timurid Era to the Late Manghit Era. It examines the development of their shapes and decorative elements based on two models, i.e. the Throne of Kök Tash in Samarkand citadel and the Throne of Bukhara in Ark. To document and register these thrones, the study adopted the analytical descriptive approach. It identified their raw materials, manufacturing, decoration, decorative elements, location in the palaces, models, and shapes based on the remaining models. The study compared these models to counterparts in the paintings of the Central Asian manuscripts. It concluded with a set of imp-ortant results in the field of Islamic archaeology in Central Asia.
Throne, Kök Tash Bukhara Samarkand Ark Marble Central Asia
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