A Stone Structure Dated 827 AH /1424 AD in Kokand, Central Asia: A Study on Form and Content

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کلية الآثار -حامعة القاهرة


The present paper studies and publishes a stone structure in the northern part of MadinaCemetry, July Stan Sisca St., No.2, Kokand in Central Asia. This stone dates back to 827 AH /1424 AD and is in good condition except for the internal surface with obliterated inscriptions. The inscriptions on the structure help identify the name and date of death of the owner. The paper describes and studies the structure analytically in terms of font shape, style of inscribing letters, inscribing words, and content of inscriptions. In Central Asia, calligraphers inscribed many writings on various buildings, including Quran verses, Prophetic Hadiths, prayers, and poems. They also used to create funeral inscriptions on tombstones and coffins of different shapes. According to the archaeological literature, calligraphers used different materials, which illustrated the development of such writings that included recording inscriptions and honorary and functional titles and suggested strong ties among the parts of the Islamic World. The present study highlights the content, significance, font type, and features of an inscription.

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