011 - Tuman Aka

8 Pt star pattern from the Tuman-Aka mausoleum in the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, Samarkand.
Original watercolour on 300 g/m². 42 x 56 cm

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The Tuman-Aka mausoleum was completed in 1405 as a memorial to Tuman-Aka, the youngest wife of the Timurid ruler Timur, the last of the legendary nomadic warlords of Turco-Mongol lineage. Remembered more for his cruelty than for his taste for aesthetics or patronage of the arts, for three decades Timur filled his capital Samarkand with booty and craftsmen brought back from his many conquests. At its height Tamerlane's empire stretched from Mongolia through Central Asia to Europe. In contrast, perhaps Tuman-Aka liked to fill her private quarters with soft fabrics, subtle tones and delicate pastel colours like these. Pattern analysis and layout Rajen Astho (2016).

Thursday, 30 March 2017