Islamic/Middle Eastern

Tombs of Paradise: The Shah-e Zende in Samarkand and Architectural Ceramics of Central Asia

250 pages, 280 x 215 mm, hardback, 204 colour and b/w illustrations
PRICE: £30.00
ISBN: 978 2 903824 43 3

 

The necropolis of Shah-e Zende at Samarkand represents a summit in the art of ceramic wall coverings in the Islamic world. Few studies have focused on the funerary ensemble of the Shah-e Zende and this is the first to describe these monuments in all the details of their decoration and its techniques and motifs, as well as the different types of ceramics used and their composition. Perched on a steep cliff overlooking the ancient city of Samarkand, today the ghost town of Afrasiyab, the necropolis remains largely unknown to art historians and certainly to the public. Read more


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