Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Uzbekistan 3 Sum 1994 UNC
Front: Uzbekistani coat of arms
Back: Mausoleum of Chashma-i-Ayub Mazar in Bukhara

***Mausoleum of Chashma-i-Ayub Mazar listed in UNESCO WH Tentative List on 18/01/2008, in the Cultural category***

Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum is in the middle of a small, ancient cemetery. The construction suffered some losses, but the preserved parts represent a combination of harmonious entrance portal, and adjoining it are the remains of the western fencing wall.

The construction layout of the portal is a traditional pattern, made up in the form of two pylons, forming the niche overlapped by the semi vault. The II-shaped frame, the inside of which forms the obverse surface, tympanum, and ktoba, is finished with an inscription above the lancet arch. The northern part of the niche portal is limited gable wall with a doorway. From the western end the portal is adjoined by the deep brick wall that measures 5,9 m, of which the western piece has been lost. The wall has the form of a trapeze [trapazoid?], with a large base. The central room is overlapped by the tent-peaked dome. Except for the made proportions, this monument differs well considered and perfectly executed d├ęcor, the basic part of which is concentrated to the portal. The most effective place in the general composition of the decor is ktoba, filled with Arabic inscriptions on the background of the vegetative ornament. The portal frame on the external contour is marked by the II-shaped zone, strengthened by girikh from intertwining octahedrons, made of terracotta bricks. Glazed inserts of turquoise color fill the central octahedral sockets. The tape boredrs the frame and ktoba. The historical value of the monument consists of the exact dating written on ktoba (1208-1209 .A.D.) or the 605 year of the Muslim Calendar. Read more
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