Uzbekistan: An Experience of Cultural Treasures to Colour
Thank you to Pen & Sword for a copy of this wonderful coloring book.
My family and I enjoyed the heck out of this. The left side is a beautiful picture of a particular artwork and detailed description. The right side is a simple tracing of the image on the left for coloring. Its a hard back book, and its actually gotten more attention than any of my other book lately from guests in our house.
I’m always looking for ways to introduce new things to my kids and make it interesting. This book got my kids asking questions about art and they have since asked for similar books. We have art books in the house that they examine, but I don’t think they internalized or made as much a connection as this one did. Instead of just a cursory look through, like they usually do, my kids sat there examining the pictures to figure out what they wanted to color and what colors they wanted to use. It led to questions and conversations that we would never have had otherwise. For example, some of the murals are missing spots, because of damage. So, we had a discussion with a four year old about the importance of preservation of art and artifacts and learning about other cultures through those items.
The artifacts shown, are rugs, murals, and archaeological sites. The sites have pictures of what they look like now and have a drawing as they were in their original condition. Some of the mural tracings seem a little rudimentary, because they are traced as mentioned above with missing areas. So, I was a little unimpressed with some of them at first. However, the kids used their imagination and we now have a bit of knowledge of a culture that neither my kids or I had any previous knowledge. Excellent!
From the blue and gold splendours of Samarkand to the holy city of Bukhara, the architectural heritage of Uzbekistan is simply extraordinary.
Over the 2,000 year history of the Silk Road, its fertile oases have attracted countless travellers and conquerors who have profoundly made their mark on human history, such as the conqueror Tamerlane or the scientist Ulugh Beg, who discovered the sundial. All have bequeathed an inheritance whose legacy can still be admired today.
By its geographical position, Ancient Uzbekistan was created from a melting pot of different cultures. Iran, the Eastern Steppes, Siberia, India and China have all added their own influences on the local arts. Over the centuries, due in many parts to the Silk Road, these exchanges have continued to grow. Cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Tashkent and Khiva became famous in the Middle Ages not only for their cultural wealth, but also for science.
In homage to this rich heritage, this book is a celebration of the arts and pictorial traditions of Uzbekistan. Photographs of architectural works, murals, ceramics, tapestries and ornamented textiles highlight the country’s cultural treasures, accompanied by short texts explaining their historical significance. On the right-hand page, the reader is given the opportunity to color in their own drawings based on the beautiful photographs provided.