INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN (December 6, 2017)
On December 4, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani arrived in our country on an official visit at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
On December 5, the President of Afghanistan visited the Mustakillik square and laid flowers at the Monument of Independence and Humanism, which is a symbol of freedom, bright future and noble aspirations of our people.
The distinguished guest visited the Khazrati Imam complex, got acquainted with the unique manuscript of the Holy Quran – Mushaf Usmani, kept in Muyi Muborak madrassa, as well as with other historical and sacred monuments.
The main events of the visit were held at Kuksaroy residence.
After the ceremony of the official meeting, Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Ashraf Ghani held negotiations in a narrow format.
I am glad to welcome You to Uzbekistan, said the President of our country. Over the past year, we held five meetings with You and prepared the basis for today’s visit. Uzbekistan sees Afghanistan as a close neighbor, a friendly country, makes every effort to establish peace and tranquility in Afghanistan, to develop our cooperation in trade, economy, transport, culture and other spheres.
The President of Afghanistan expressed satisfaction with his visit to Uzbekistan, which opens wide opportunities for cooperation between the two countries.
A year earlier people of Uzbekistan expressed their confidence and elected You as the President of the country, said the Head of Afghanistan. Transformations that have taken place over the past time have proved the correctness of this choice. Uzbekistan in accordance with the Strategy of actions for 2017-2021 is developing cooperation with neighboring states. The initiatives and practical actions of Uzbekistan contribute to strengthening of peace and stability in the region. We are glad to start a new stage of cooperation with Uzbekistan. We hope that these relations will strengthen every day.
Uzbekistan and Afghanistan established diplomatic relations on October 13, 1992. Bilateral cooperation has begun to develop dynamically since 2016. In January 2017, Tashkent hosted the first round of political consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs of the two countries. The appointment of the Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan became the embodiment of the special attention paid by our country to bilateral relations.
The heads of states held meetings in Astana within the framework of the SCO summit on June 7 and the Summit on Science and Technologies of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on September 10 this year.
On November 29, the first direct flight between Tashkent and Kabul was made. This event has not only a great symbolic, but also practical significance, since air communication has created convenience for officials, business people and citizens of the two countries.
During the negotiations, current issues of cooperation were considered. The sides exchanged views on the issues of regional and international importance, in particular, countering terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking, strengthening security in Central Asia.
Uzbekistan consistently supports all practical initiatives aimed at establishing peace and tranquility in Afghanistan. Our country firmly adheres to the position that the most reliable way to ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan is political negotiations.
It is important to achieve national reconciliation, relying on financial, economic and humanitarian assistance of states and partner organizations, with active participation of the United Nations.
We wholeheartedly support the efforts of the Government of Afghanistan on establishing peace and stability in the country, achieving national reconciliation through political negotiations, improving socio-economic situation, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The peace in neighboring Afghanistan will make it possible to fully realize the focus of Central Asia on sustainable and progressive development. Uzbekistan will render all-round assistance in integrating Afghanistan into regional socio-economic process, will actively participate in restoration of the economy, the development of transport and energy infrastructure, training of national personnel in this country.
All this is consonant with the efforts of the international community on ensuring peaceful development of Afghanistan.
We highly appreciate the initiatives forwarded by Uzbekistan within the framework of authoritative international and regional organizations, including at the session of the UN General Assembly, said Ashraf Ghani. At the international conference held recently in Samarkand, it was also noted that peace in Afghanistan is an important regional and global issue. Cooperation with a key country in our region – Uzbekistan plays an important role in socio-economic stability.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani continued negotiations in an expanded format with participation of official delegations.
They were attended by the heads of ministries, departments and large companies. Issues of development of cooperation in trade, economic, transport, transit, energy, chemical, agro-industrial, education, cultural and other spheres, implementation of mutually beneficial joint projects were discussed.
In our country, special attention is paid to export issues. Afghanistan is a close and promising market for Uzbekistan. Developed industry, large transport and energy potential, agricultural products of Uzbekistan are beneficial for Afghanistan.
Joint commission on cooperation in the sphere of trade, transport and energy is established in order to effectively use the opportunities available in this direction. In Afghanistan, our country has implemented railway, energy and construction projects. In 2016, the trade turnover reached almost 520 million dollars.
Practical actions are being taken on further development of trade and economic relations. In particular, tariffs for railway, transit and other payments have been reduced, favorable conditions are being created for increasing the volume of trade turnover.
Uzbekistan is ready to supply the market of Afghanistan with products of mechanical and electrical engineering, chemical and textile industries, modern cars and trucks, buses, agricultural machinery, mineral fertilizers, construction materials, food, fruit and vegetable products.
Issues of development of cultural and humanitarian cooperation were also discussed at the negotiations.
A special training center for training the Afghans in the Uzbek language, training specialists in the railway and other spheres is established in Surkhandarya region. All conditions for rendering medical services to citizens of Afghanistan are created in the specialized hospital of Termez.
An agreement was reached on joint restoration, repair and improvement of final resting places of Abu Rayhan Beruni, Alisher Navoi, Zahiriddin Muhammad Babur and other great scientists and thinkers that are a symbol of our common cultural and spiritual heritage.
Conduction of an international conference on studying scientific heritage of Abu Rayhan Beruni, in Afghanistan, and an international symposium dedicated to women scientists, in Tashkent, was also announced.
Uzbekistan expressed readiness to train specialists for Afghanistan in its higher education institutions.
It was noted that Afghanistan supports the initiatives of Uzbekistan on establishment of Imam Bukhari International Research Center in Samarkand and the Center for Islamic Civilization in Tashkent. These institutions will play an important role in educating youth in the spirit of religious tolerance and national values, protecting them from the impact of various destructive currents and the ideas of terrorism.
Following the negotiations, the Joint Statement of the Presidents of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan was signed.
16 documents aimed at development of cooperation in various fields, including agreements on trade and economic cooperation, state border crossing points, legal assistance in civil, family and criminal cases, cooperation in the field of transit of goods, mutual assistance in customs affairs, cooperation in the spheres of agriculture, energy, healthcare, higher education were signed.
The importance of the agreements on establishment of the Joint commission on the issues of security, the opening of the Consulate of Afghanistan in Termez was noted.
Cooperation in the sphere of transport and energy infrastructure development is of strategic importance not only for the two countries, but also for the region as a whole.
In particular, specialists of Uzbekistan will implement a project on construction of Surkhan – Puli Khumri power line. The joint construction of Mazari Sharif – Sheberghan – Maymana – Herat railway will be carried out.
Within the framework of the visit, commercial contracts were concluded for the supply of wheat, ferrous metals, mineral fertilizers, construction products, legumes and other products from Uzbekistan for a total amount of over 500 million dollars.
Presidents at the meeting with representatives of the mass media noted that the negotiations and the signed documents will promote further strengthening of mutually beneficial and long-term relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani visited Tashkent Agricultural Machinery Plant.
The delegation of Afghanistan examined the cars and trucks, agricultural, household appliances and other industrial goods produced in our country.
At the event it was informed that 25 “Isuzu” buses and 3 “New Holland” modern tractors, produced in Uzbekistan, were donated to Afghanistan on behalf of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan as a sign of sincere friendship between our countries.
The official visit of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to our country continues.
In the National Press Center, Uzqurilishmateriallari Joint Stock Company has discussed issues of increasing the effectiveness of measures aimed at expanding production of building materials from local raw materials at a press conference.
The country produces all types of building materials. Among them are cement, building glass, ceramic tiles, dry mixes, slate, gypsum, wall materials and much more. In addition, this year, under the localization program, 10 projects were implemented for 63.7 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 06.12.2017, 1$= 8096.33 soums).
“The focus of our constant attention is the expansion of the range of import-substituting and export-oriented products through the introduction of energy-efficient and efficient technologies,” said Sherzod Hushnazarov, chief engineer of the Ohangaronshifer enterprise. “Chopping rocks, made a red slate. Currently, thousands of pieces of such products are tested for resistance to sun and cold. From the Angren sand we make semi-finished clay and supply potters. It is used for the repair and restoration of historical monuments.”
The cement industry is also being modernized. Currently, 14 cement plants operate in our country. Joint Stock Company Kizilkumcement is one of the leading enterprises of the industry. About 3.5 million tons of cement is produced annually. In addition, Ohangaroncement, Kuvasoycement and Bekobodcement produce about 4 million tons of goods.
“We launched production of such a new type as portland cement,” says Zayniddin Kurbonov, head of quality department at Kizilkumcement. “Round kilns have been modernized, and the quality of products has been improving. In the process of localization, dry construction mixtures, slabs, reinforced concrete structures and trays began to be produced.”
“Before, quartz sand was bought from abroad,” said Saidjon Ganiev, chief technologist of Quartz JSC. “Within the project of localization, starting from 2016, this raw material is brought from Navoi region. Starting this year, the project on the production of import-substituting glass of various thicknesses for the automotive and construction industries was launched. A new line, capable of producing 400 tons of glass per day, will start operating at full capacity from next year.”
At the press conference participants were informed that this year the number of exporting enterprises increased from 42 to 50, the assortment of export products – from 40 to 45, measures are being taken to establish dealer networks and trading houses in a number of foreign countries.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
The National Bank of Uzbekistan (NBU) and Korea Eximbank have signed a loan agreement for $ 150 million
The agreement envisages the provision of a credit line for financing small business initiatives, as well as investment projects involving the purchase of equipment, goods and services of South Korean production.
“The credit line will finance projects in the fields of agriculture, food industry, medicine, construction materials, automotive industry and others. The loan agreement is non-guaranteed and does not provide for a government guarantee,” the National Bank said.
The concluded agreements were the result of a great interest in expanding cooperation with South Korean partners, which is shown by Uzbek businessmen. So, according to the bank, to date, more than 200 of its clients have expressed their readiness to implement initiatives that involve the purchase of high-tech equipment from South Korea and the creation of joint ventures, the development of loans of Korean banks worth about $ 800 million.
Over the past few months, the NBU has entered into loan agreements with leading banks in Germany for a total of 950 million euros, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – $ 100 million, Russian Gazprombank – $ 153 million, the Russian export center – $ 100 million, as well as with the Turkish export-credit Türk Eximbank – $ 44 million.
The National Bank of Uzbekistan was established in September 1991 and today it is the largest financial institution in the country.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
A delegation of Webster University (USA) led by Vice President Peter Maher arrived in Uzbekistan on 4 December 2017.
The delegation of the US-based University arrived in Uzbekistan to discuss with the Uzbek party technical, legal and financial issues related to the opening of a branch of Webster University in Tashkent. It is expected that the new university will start functioning from September 2018.
Representatives of the university will hold a number of meetings in the ministries of Uzbekistan and will visit a number of local and foreign universities.
According to the plans, the Webster University branch will offer educational programs in such areas as “information technologies”, “information security”, “media development”, “business”, “natural sciences” and “pedagogy”.
The training will be conducted in English with the involvement of professors from the American university and local teachers.
Presentation after presentation is the first thing that comes to mind when you try to realize what happened on November 28-29 in the framework of the International Media Forum “Crossroads of Times: Great Legacy of the Past Is the Basis for Enlightened Future”. The event in Tashkent was dedicated to what is taking place under the project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan”.
Not only new media products created within the framework of the project, but also new directions of it are presented. Initially, it was implemented in two directions – the publishing of books and albums and the creation of documentary films dedicated to the artifacts of Uzbekistan in the collections of the world. Now he has acquired new directions aimed at further in-depth study and preservation of the country’s unique cultural heritage. Read more in the reports of our correspondents.
At the opening of the media forum, it was noted that today in the country on the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and within the framework of the Strategy of Actions, large-scale reforms are being implemented in all spheres of life, including a huge work to preserve, study and widely popularize the cultural and spiritual values of the Uzbek people. The “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan” project and the media forum held are a vivid example of this multifaceted work, whose goal is also broad education and education of the younger generation.
A hot topic
– The forum is devoted to a very important, perhaps the most topical topic of the modern world – the preservation of the spiritual heritage of the past, its multiplication, and, most importantly, the involvement of current and future generations, – said one of the project coordinators, First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic Uzbekistan Sodik Safaev. – Mankind is going through a difficult period. The contradictions of the cultural and humanitarian character are exacerbated, the uncertainty in many regions of the world is growing, there are unprecedented threats to peace and stability related to the spread of international terrorism. Comprehension of these processes leads to the idea that proven forceful methods of counteracting evil, violence, intolerance do not always work. Speaking at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that often efforts are reduced to combating the consequences of challenges, rather than their root causes.
Often the root cause of any conflict is ignorance, not knowledge of history, traditions of culture and customs of peoples. That is why today in many countries of the world much attention is paid to education, studying history. In Uzbekistan, huge work is being done in this direction, several projects are being implemented. One of them is “Cultural heritage of Uzbekistan in the meetings of the world”. This project, initiated and implemented by the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan (NAEMM), the Ministry of Culture, the UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan, the Regional Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for Central Asia, the Academy of Sciences of the Republic, the Zamon Press Info publishing house, Uzbekistan Today news agency, Caravan-TV channel, Sevimli-TV Internet channel demonstrated that Uzbekistan gave the world a huge number of cultural values. Today, a large number of artifacts constitute a significant part of the largest museum and private collections in the world. And many people, especially abroad, only now learn about Uzbekistan’s invaluable contribution to the development of world civilization. And in many respects it is facilitated by the media products produced within the framework of this international project, a conference of scientists, at which issues of studying and preserving cultural heritage are discussed.
Now our country is going through a new historical stage, and it is felt in all spheres – in economy, policy, culture, science, education. In the era of globalization, the preservation of national identity is the most urgent problem, and of course the question arises: how to preserve it, what needs to be done for it? The answer to this question was formulated, including our well-known Academician, Doctor of historical sciences Edvard Rtveladze, noting that it is necessary to discover, study, preserve and promote the historical and cultural heritage.
Talking about Uzbekistan and its heritage is very difficult, because any historical period we did not take, he literally stuffed with works of art, exhibits of a unique artistic culture. Whichever region of the country we take, again precisely this situation, because in any of them there are many works of art that tell both about the history and about the people who lived in this region and created these priceless works of art.
The “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan” project is unique and has no analogues in other countries. Uzbekistan has always been a crossroads of different peoples, cultures and traditions, and right now this project also gives everyone an opportunity to unite, because it unites different historical epochs, it is aimed not only at the past, but also in the future.
The uniqueness of the “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections” project is also the fact that for the first time a very large factual base of our works is being created, which are stored abroad. In the course of the work, for example, it became clear that even in Germany there are works that were collected by German collectors as early as the 19th century and were taken away from Uzbekistan. These are absolutely unique works that characterize practically all the stages of development of our native land, from the ancient times to the present days. And in many museums, where the project was carried out, there was a surprising attitude to Uzbek art. For example, in Stuttgart in the Linden Museum, the head of the department of Islamic art Dr. Annette Kremer, perfectly speaks the Uzbek language. And this is just an amazing precedent of the deepest respect and study of our art outside of our country.
It would like to emphasize that all media products created within the framework of the project are donated to the hands of free readers, where they will find their readers. In particular, within the framework of the held form, five copies of facsimile manuscripts were donated to the government and the people of Uzbekistan, and sets of new albums and documentaries from the series “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections” – to the largest domestic and foreign museums and libraries. Moreover, the project has an official website www.c-legacy.uz, which has free access to documentary films and information about books-albums. The events of the project and the congress are widely and extensively covered by domestic and foreign media covering a multimillion audience in all corners of the globe.
The international forum began with the presentation of a new series of the media project “Cultural Heritage: Masterpieces of Written Monuments of the East”. The project will publish the most valuable and significant facsimile copies of the manuscripts for researchers, who for various reasons were removed from the territory of the country and are currently stored in foreign collections. Thus, a greater number of scientists of the country engaged in studying the history of Uzbekistan will have access to these unique documentary sources of historical facts.
The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences was the first to respond to the initiative of the authors of the project, presenting for the project the manuscripts of the Koran from Katta Langar, Divani Husseyni, The Garden of Purity, Temur’s Code, and the National Library of France, in which the manuscript of the “Miragehname” medieval written monument is stored.
– The exchange of cultural values is the basis of human progress. It so happened that the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan was represented in the world in many museums, and this is indicative, and is a marker of the interest of all mankind, – said Irina Popova, director of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences. – After all, the cultural values of Uzbekistan were acquired and went to museums all over the world … The peoples who lived and prospered on the territory of Uzbekistan left a very rich written heritage and it was acquired by Russian diplomats, travelers, researchers, and thanks to this the collection of our museum of Persian manuscripts is almost 4 thousand units. It was very important to present this evidence of such a high cultural level and prosperity in the framework of this cultural project. Today we give the scientific centers of Uzbekistan copies of four very remarkable manuscripts that represent, first of antiquity, if we are talking about the Koran of Katta Langar, since it is one of the oldest Koran in the world, and three manuscripts that characterize the heyday of the handwritten culture of the 19th century.
Facsimile copies of these priceless manuscripts were created in the widely known Australian publishing house Muller & Schindler, which has extensive experience in the publication of facsimile manuscripts.
“They are made on paper types that are as close to the original as possible using natural golden inclusions,” – says Alexander Wilhelm, vice president of the publishing house. – We tried to do everything to make the copies virtually indistinguishable from the volumes.
I want to stress once again that each edition has a great historical value. First of all, their content is a well of useful historical data. At the same time, each of them is an undoubted masterpiece, indicating a high level of calligraphic and book art of its period.
The Koran of Katta Langar is one of the oldest and unique lists of the Koran that have survived to this day. This sacred book, stored on the banks of the Neva in the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, is one of the rarest specimens of the world-famous Koran of Osman.
The divan of Sultan Hussein Baikara is one of the most magnificent examples of the book art of the Temurids era. This is a collection of gazelles – poems written by the ruler of Herat, a representative of the Temurid dynasty – Sultan Hussein Mirzo Baikara. It was created in Herat at a time when the book art in Khorasan reached its highest perfection.
“Rauzat-as-Safa” is a historical treatise that tells the story of the prophet Muhammad and the dynasties of the caliphs and kings. The author of this historical work is a vivid representative of the school of court historians of the Khorasan state – Mirkhond, who enjoyed the protection of Alisher Navoi.
“Miragehname” – richly illustrated manuscript is a book executed in Arabic and Uighur graphics in the classical Uzbek language – the Turk, authored by the great poet Mir Haydar Khorezmi. Of the 84 pages of the “Miragehname”, 70 are magnificent miniatures. Here you can find miniatures with scenes of the ascension of the Prophet Muhammad to heaven, his night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque. This unique manuscript is kept in the National Library of France.
“Temur’s Code” was written during his lifetime. This priceless historical source of the Middle Ages consists of two parts: “Autobiography”, telling about the life of the great ruler, starting from the age of seven, and “Temur’s Code”. In both parts of the work the presentation is conducted on behalf of the first person, that is, on behalf of Amir Temur. “Temur’s Code” is a valuable set of laws on the management of the state and the army, the country and society, from which we can see, on the basis of which he created a centralized controlled mighty state.
Five + five + …
The second part of the forum also consisted of presentations devoted to new editions of the famous directions of the “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan” project. This is a book-album and documentary video films dedicated to Uzbek artifacts in famous collections of the world.
The first five volumes were presented in May 2017 at the international congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan – the Way to Dialogue between Peoples and Countries.” They include the books “The Collection of the State Museum of the East (Moscow, Russia)”, “The Collection of the Russian Ethnographic Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia)”, “The Collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia)”, “Embroidery and Carpets of Uzbekistan in Foreign Collections”, “Works of Alisher Navoi in the Masterpieces of Book Art of the
XV-XVI centuries. (From the Collection of the Russian National Library,
St. Petersburg, Russia)”.
More than half a century ago, outstanding cultural researchers of Central Asia Galina Pugachenkova and Lazar Rempel wrote with regret in the preface to one of their books on the impossibility of presenting in one publication “many remarkable creations of ancient art from the territory of Uzbekistan” because of their dispersal in foreign and domestic museum vaults. “The consolidated edition of them is the work of the future,” they wrote then. Time, which dreamed of famous scientists, in general, it has come. Evidence of this is the “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections” grandiose project.
Within the framework of the last media forum five albums and documentaries were presented. The sixth volume is devoted to unique samples of Uzbek musical instruments and musical notes that are in the collections of the Russian Federation. Three others – artifacts of Uzbekistan, stored in the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, works of art in the Hermitage collections, the State Historical Museum in Moscow and the All-Russian Museum of Decorative and Applied and Folk Art. The album included an album telling about the exposition of the I. Savitsky State Museum of Arts of Karakalpakstan.
The presentation of the sixth volume was unique, it took place in the framework of the evening of musical art of Uzbekistan. He was full of various activities. In particular, for the first time the students were offered rare archival records of the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House) of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, which were recorded on the Edison phonograph back in the 1920s. At the evening, famous Uzbek musicians performed classical folklore works of Uzbekistan. The famous Uzbek makoms, which are included by UNESCO in the list of masterpieces of the oral and intangible cultural heritage of mankind, were sounded.
But all of us are waiting for new books-albums and documentaries. In 2018, the creative team of the project will continue to work with Russian museums. In particular, books are planned on collections of the State Museum of the History of Religion, the Russian National Library, the State Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography named after Peter the Great (Kunstkamera).
“Our museum is unusual, there are several such in the world and it is this that determined the character of our collections – diverse in their composition,” says the deputy director for scientific work of the Russian State Museum of the History of Religion, Ekaterina Teryukova. – Participation in this project allowed us to look at our own collection on the new side, because, unfortunately, many items have not been properly attributed to now. We do not know much about some of the items from our collection, and it was the work within the project that prompted us to begin to identify items related to the culture of Uzbekistan, the religious and cultural traditions of the peoples who lived here in the Middle Ages. In the course of the study, we found out that a few months after the opening of our museum (November 15, 1932), one of the employees was sent to Uzbekistan in order to collect things that later formed the basis for the composition dedicated to Islam. And therefore, we can safely say that the expedition activity of our museum begins with Uzbekistan, and for us it was a pleasant discovery. I hope that there will be many more such discoveries, because we are just getting involved in the project, our album is scheduled for 2018, and we have time to understand and share this information with others.
The plans include the preparation and production of such books as “The Numismatic Collection of the British Museum”, “The Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the Collections of the Louvre and Other Museums in France”, “Alisher Navoi’s Manuscripts in the Collection of the Russian National Library”, “The Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the Manuscripts of the French National Library”, “Collections of the Museum of Japan”. The publication of albums devoted to the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan in the UK – in the Bodleian library, Cambridge and Windsor, is planned.
– In 2018, there will be a unique album that will tell about the Uzbek part of the artifacts in the numismatic collection of the British Museum, – shared the professor of the University of Hofstra (USA) Alexander Naymark. – This museum, taking its origins in the early 18th century with the collection of medic and naturalist Sir Hans Sloane, has one of the largest numismatic collections in the world. Today it stores about 9 thousand coins. Among other exhibits of this collection are artifacts related to Uzbekistan. The numismatic collection gives answers to such questions as “What is money?”, “How are they made?”, “Where did the coinage come from?” But most importantly – money can tell about people, history and epochs.
I think that many new discoveries await the readers of the new volume.
In the series there will be another album and a documentary dedicated to the museums of Uzbekistan, its contents will be determined by the collection of the State Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan. Museum director Vasila Fayzieva stressed that “for all the variety of the Museum’s collection, its foundation is the art of Uzbekistan. The exposition presents the most valuable exhibits of ancient and early medieval art of Uzbekistan. And these exhibits are of great interest to the audience of the museum.”
What does the artifact say?
Within the framework of the forum, another interesting presentation took place – a new direction of the project, within which project participants from different countries will exchange advanced technologies in preserving artifacts. It was named “Cultural heritage of Uzbekistan: application of advanced scientific technologies in the preservation of historical artifacts and manuscripts”. It is noteworthy that this presentation and the first reports within the framework of this project was made by Sergey Laptev, a Candidate of Historical Sciences, Special Research Fellow of the MIHO museum (Japan).
He stressed that Uzbekistan is located on the Great Silk Road and it is very interesting for scientists to exchange views on how not only the exchange of objects of life and culture was exchanged along the Great Silk Road, but also the exchange of ideas, as it is currently happening. The “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections” project became such a platform.
One of these platforms is the creation of books of albums and documentaries. In particular, Professor Laptev said that he was invited to be the curator of the album on the monuments of the material culture of Central Asia in the museums of Japan. After all, Japan and Central Asia were connected since ancient times. Already in the VIII century there was an imperial treasury, in which intact things are stored, many of which, obviously, are of Central Asian origin. For example, objects made of glass, glazes. And we are very interested in knowing how relations developed on the Great Silk Road between Japan and the countries of Central Asia.
The professor stressed that many artifacts originating from the territory of Uzbekistan and stored in foreign collections have not been studied, this is only to be done. The process of studying requires the application of the most advanced scientific technologies that scientists also need to exchange. He also drew attention to the fact that now this opportunity has appeared in the new direction of the “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections” project.
At the same time, the candidate of historical sciences became the first scientist to share his research in the new direction of the project. They were dedicated to the study of glass and glaze objects used in the decoration of buildings. The scientist also told about the special equipment available in Japan, which determines the origin of objects from glass with the help of special analysis. In the future, these technologies are planned to be applied in Uzbekistan.
The author and the head of the project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections”, the honored journalist of Uzbekistan Firdavs Abdukhalikov, speaking at the forum, promised that very soon the project will release new media products: books, albums, documentaries, facsimile copies, and they will also be to be discussed by the international community at similar representative congresses. In a word, we are looking forward for new meetings, new presentations!
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
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