Timur, World Conqueror and Connoisseur

Marina Belozerskaya

in Medusa’s Gaze

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199739318
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979356 | DOI:

Series: Emblems of Antiquity

Timur, World Conqueror and Connoisseur

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The earliest surviving record of the Tazza was produced in Central Asia, either for the great and ruthless conqueror Timur in Samarqand, or for his more refined grandson Baysunghur at Herat. The bowl may have come to the Timurid court as war booty, tribute, or a diplomatic gift. Once there, it was depicted by the court calligrapher Mohammed al-Khayyam. This chapter suggests how the Tazza would have been viewed differently by Timur and his descendants.

Keywords: Timur/Tamerlane; Jade; conquest; Samarqand; Herat; Damascus; calligraphy; Baysunghur; Mohammed al-Khayyam

Chapter.  8906 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE)

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