Antiquities of Samarkand. Tomb of Saint Kusam-ibn-Abbas (Shah-i Zindah) and Adjacent Mausoleums. Inscription on the Right Panel of the Entry Niche

Description

This photograph of an inscription on the right side of the entry way to the tomb of Kusam-ibn-Abbas in the Shah-i Zindah necropolis (Samarkand, Uzbekistan) is from the archeological part of Turkestan Album. The six-volume photographic survey was produced in 1871-72, under the patronage of General Konstantin P. von Kaufman, the first governor-general (1867-82) of Turkestan, as the Russian Empire's Central Asian territories were called. The album devotes special attention to Samarkand’s Islamic architecture, such as 14th- and 15th-century monuments from the reign of Timur (Tamerlane) and his successors. Of particular note is Shah-i Zindah (Persian for “living king”), built on the elevated site of an ancient settlement known as Afrasiab and revered as a memorial to Kusam-ibn-Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Publication Information

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Language

Title in Original Language

Самаркандския древности. Гробница святаго Куссама ибни Абасса (Шахъ-Зиндэ) и мавзолеи при ней. Надпись на правой щеке входной ниши

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Physical Description

1 photographic print : albumen

Notes

  • Illustration in: Turkestan Album, Archaeological Part, 1871-1872, part 1, volume 1, plate 21.

Last updated: September 30, 2016