Mausoleum of Ali Nasafi

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Mausoleum of Ali Nasafi
Mausoleum of Ali Nasafi

The mausoleum represents the rectangular shape construction, single-chamber type. Its facing is from majolica plates in style of a local ylured-majolica school. The same facing was used in the mausoleums of Chagataids and early Temurid?s epoch which were found near Shahrisabz. Meanwhile, a lot of the standny mausoleums of the ensemble ShakH-zinda (top and the beginning of an average outer entrance hall) are constructed in an Iranian style (often Iranian masters were the constructors of such buildings); the decor is executed by tiles of a carved glazed terracotta of turquoise and white colors (see below).

Whereas the decor of the mausoleums was executed by local masters and based on difficult geometrical patterns, and in color scale is more sated and colorful. The represented mausoleum is the brightest sample of this style of an architectural decor that experts in medieval architecture call ?Turkic carpet style? . However, if you look closely, the masters of two different schools, by willing of historical destinies which were united under sovereignty the states of Chagataids, Amir Timur and Timurids, having arranged creative competition in ShaHii-zinda, actually have found a surprising variety of uniform harmony. Here none the masters tried to ?suppress? the next construction in volumes, but opposite, the constructions of middle and upper entrance hall are approximately identical in height, but represent magnificent samples of different schools of an architectural decor. As a result, a unique and harmonious ensemble was built. Besides, in the presented mausoleum of ?AliNasafi? actually we see names of two masters who came from Nasaf (the old name of Karshi city). One of them (Ati Nasafi) was named ?Tuki-cube? (Turkic nickname ? lacab) which literally is ?Long mane?, similar nickname was applied to people with a plentiful hair (tertiary) cover on their body.

 

source: welcomeuzbekistan.uz

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