Posted by Jacques Pochoy on January 25, 2002 at 14:57:15:
In Reply to: Re: Color in Islamic Architecture posted by monday on January 25, 2002 at 12:37:38:
Except at Camarkand where the front of the Mosquee displays a tiger and an antilope... It's the only example I believe...
Most architects in that time and place came from India (there is a small reproduction of the Char minars...)
They usually signed by a hand drawn or embossed over the entrance following an old story of an architect working for Tamerlan (Timour)!
The works were long and Tamerlan was at war... The Bibi was alone... What could happen happened..:-)
So Tamerlan came furious from the war... But he loved dearly his Bibi rani.. So as death punishement she had to jump from the highest tower built by the architect...Her servant counselled her to wear all her best robes so when she jumped, the robes acted as a parachute and she felled unhurted... Tamerlan forgave her... But chopped off one of the hands of the Architect...