Miniatures of Baburnama exhibited at Heydar Aliyev Center

Baku, December 28, AZERTAC

The Heydar Aliyev Center hosts an exhibition of the miniatures from the Manuscript of Baburnama, the “Book of Babur”, the founder of the ancient Mughal Empire.

Anar Alakbarov, director of the Heydar Aliyev Center informed that the Exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Russian State Museum of the East. He expressed gratitude to the vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva for help to bring the Exhibition to Azerbaijan. He said the Exhibition was the final art event of last year and that the art lovers could visit the Exhibition on the holiday of the New Year and the Day of World Azerbaijanis.

The Exhibition presents 57 miniatures from the ancient Baburnama, Alexander Sedov, director of the Russian State Museum of the East, said. And that the collection is for the first time exhibited abroad, that is in Baku.

Baburnama or Memoirs of Babur, is considered a novel, a historic document, and is the remarkable story of Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur (1483-1530), a descendant of the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan and the Turkic conqueror Tamerlane.

Baburnama depicts miniature paintings of battlefield, landscapes, birds and animals. The Baburnama tells the tale of the prince's struggle first to assert and defend his claim to the throne of Samarkand.

There is much on the political and military struggles of his time but also extensive descriptive sections on the physical and human geography, the flora and fauna, nomads in their pastures and urban environments enriched by the architecture, music and Persian and Turkic literature.

Babur wrote the Memoirs in Chaghatai Turkic and this was later translated by his grandson Akbar into Persian, later the Memoirs were translated into other languages.

The exhibition will last till early February 2016.

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