Pseudoheptagonal Mosaic from the Hodja Ahmad Tomb, Samarkand

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The pseudoheptagonal mosaic panel above the entrance to the mausoleum of Hodja Ahmad, Shah-i-Zindeh Necropolis in Samarkand, Uzbekistan consists of an intercrossed rib pattern on dark green background. It is a complex combination of eightfold rosettes with heptagons which enclose sevenfold stars. Analysis shows that it is based on a mixture of underlying and 33.42 configurations, invisible in the final pattern. Eightfold elements are regular whereas the sevenfold ones are pseudoheptagonal approximations. Additional, larger-scale circles and festoons which result from the basic geometry, further enliven the pattern. The Hodja Ahmad mosaic may be understood as an attempt to develop further the heptagonal patterns based on the underlying tiling of squares and triangles.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNexus Network Journal
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)657-667
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • 3.4 base pattern, Eightfold elements, Hodja Ahmad mausoleum, Pseudoheptagonal pattern, Samarkand, Sevenfold elements, Shah-i-Zindeh necropolis, Tympanum

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