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NEWS AND EVENTS
June 25, 2013
Hammered Ironwork
The Art of hammered ironwork belongs to one of the oldest crafts, second only to ceramics. A few antique samples of that artistic handicraft have survived until today. However, some items of the art still exist, in particular, a bronze stand for the cauldron made in samarkand in the xivth century A.D.; it vividly illustrates the craftsmanship of the artisans - copper chasers. it is profusely decorated with a complicated embossed ornament depicting mythological woman-bird with the kufic inscription of good wishes.

Bukhara, Khiva, Tashkent, Samarkand, Kokand, Marghilan, Qarshi and Shakhrisabz are large centers of metal works.

Embossed items made of copper in the beginning of the XlXth centuČry A.D. by the Tashkent and Kokand artisans attract special attention. Many kinds of items made of copper and brass, like ablution jars (Ofto-ba), tea vessels (Choydish), various bowls (Miskosa), trays (Misliagan), containers (Dastshuy, Miskusa) are decorated with chiseling and enČgraving. Chasers use mostly floral design and geometrical decorations in the ornament of their chiseled works, and rather seldom the traČditional motives of stylized fauna.

Those elements are called Eye of the Nightingale (Chashmi Bulbul); Ram\'s Horn (Quchqoroq); Butterfly (Kapalak), Snake\'s Trace (Hon Izy). Most prevailing method for the arČtistic decoration of vessels and trays is the ornamental style called Islimy with continuous creepers of the fanČciful twines, flowers, and leaves.

The geometrical decoration is used mainly in the contours of large ornaments. The antique architec-tural and construction images serve as a basis for many of them, for exČample, little bricks (Ghisht), niche (Mekhrob), a chain (Zanjir). A fine hatchwork in a form of zigzag line is widely used for the background decoration; compositions like horiČzontal and vertical lines are also popular. Works by S. Fatchaev and M. Atadjanov, the artisans from Khiva; S. Khamidov - a chaser from Bukhara; Mukhammad Fazyl, the artisan from Kokand, a famous heČreditary craftsman from Marghi-lan Makhmud Madaliyev and his son Masud Madaliev who lives in Tashkent can serve as examples of chasers\' superb craftsmanship.

(Source: Newspaper źUzbekistan travel news╗ - ź═ţÔţ˝˛Ŕ ˛ˇ­ŔšýÓ ËšßňŕŔ˝˛ÓÝÓ╗).


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