Chromolithograph, 'Part of a door carved with inlays of ivory of the Mosque of Khazrete', paper/ink, various makers, Russia/England, [1870-1885]
Rectangular sheet of printed paper depicting a part of a door carved with inlays of ivory.
printed in ink above plate u.c. "13."
paper label below plate l.c."13. - Part of a door, carved, with inlays of ivory, of the Mosque of / Khazrete of Turkestan, of the time of Tamerlane. The mullah / (priest) in chief of this Mosque designated as Russian work a / door leading to that part of the Mosque in which is the tomb / of the holy mussulman Khazrete. Khazrete who blessed Tam- / erlane when setting out on an expedition against Russia, and / predicted success to him, he told him that he would subdue / Russia but would not capture Moscow. Tamerlane on the re- / turn of this expedition, did not find Khazrete alive. He erected / this Mosque to his memory, the bricks of which have been / made in Saouran. It is said that in this town of Turkestan a / chain of 50,000 soldiers was formed, who passed the bricks from / hand to hand to the place of construction, the transport was / achieved in three days. this door, remarkable for the fineness / and the artistic character of the work, is embellished with inlays / of different woods, with panels variously ornamented, and with / Arabic inscriptions."