Tombs of paradise: the Shah-e Zende in Samarkand and architectural ceramics of Central Asia

By Jean Soustiel

Published by Editions Monelle Hayot (2003)

The necropolis of Shah-e Zende represents a summit in the art of ceramic wall coverings in the Islamic world. Perched on a steep cliff overlooking the ancient city of Samarkand, today the ghost town of Afrasiyab, the necropolis remains largely unknown to art historians and the general public.

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