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Tajik Ceramic Treasures
February 25, 2011   
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What is probably Poland’s only collection of ceramic items from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan is on display at the Asian Gallery in Warsaw. The exhibition provides an overview of the cultural heritage of Central Asia, the home of ancient civilizations, and of the handicraft traditions that developed in the region for centuries.

This unique collection of traditional Uzbek and Tajik ceramics was amassed by Russian ethnologist Grigoriy Derviz from 1985 to 1990, during his trips together with Andrzej Strumi³³o, an artist and art collector who is a good friend of the Asian Gallery.

The exhibition consists of around 250 items made by leading craftsmen in three regions specialized in ceramics production, that is, Xorazm in central Uzbekistan, the Fergana Valley on the border of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and the Bukhara and Samarkand provinces. The largest part of the collection are white objects with distinctive ornamentation in bright shades of blue, turquoise and cobalt for which Xorazm and the Fergana Valley have been famous for centuries. Other items include decorative polychromed and glazed vessels such as badia bowls, lagan pilaf plates, kosa soup bowls, and kosacha teacups.

There is also a smaller group of brown, green and yellow ceramic items with scratched ornamentation called sgraffito. These come from the area of Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent. Finally, the collection includes clay toy whistles shaped like fantasy animals to which the local people used to attribute magical powers.

Open through May 25
Asian Gallery, 5 Freta St.
Open Mon., Sat., Sun. noon-6 p.m.,
Tue.-Thu. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tickets zl.5 (normal) and 3 (concessions), free admission on Thursdays
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