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A closed up view of a carved marble base known as 'bayuston' used to support engraved wooden columns of buildings such mosques, civil buildings and palaces in the old city of Khiva Ichan Qala. Characterised by
their hardness, strength and durability in carrying load of columns & pillars, marbles also protect them from damage due to humidity, rain and snow in winter. This architectural style is only unique to Khiva and differs significantly from those in Bukhara and Samarkand. It's considered a monumental record which has great artistic value and historical significance.

Both 'bayuston' and wooden columns are exquisitely carved by master craftsmen with many decorative elements such as the floral decorations and complex geometric shapes. Some with engraved inscriptions such
as poems, songs and proverbs besides, dates and names of the engravers.

Taken at Kunya Ark, one of two most important remaining ancient palaces in Central Asia dated from 13th century.

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Setting: 44 mm, 1/60 sec, F6.3, ISO Raw 200, 1834 hrs

Additional pictures:
Workshop1: Base of engraved wooden column
Workshop2: General view of Kunya Ark palace courtyard or the 'iwan' and combination of carved wooden column supported by bayuston

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