Clothing and Weapons of the Bukhara Oasis Population in the Second Half of the 19th Century in the Representations of Henry Moser

Gafforova D.Kh.

82–95 p. 10.22378/he.2021-6-1.82-95

This article analyzes the presentation of the Swiss orientalist and collector Henri Moser about the ethnography of the Bukhara oasis population. The main focus lands on his descriptions of clothing of the emirate’s upper-class representatives, the items of armament and the palace etiquette during Emir Muzaffar’s reign. The sources of the current research were photographs and essays of H. Moser, the catalogs of exhibits from the oriental collection in the Bern Historical Museum. The analysis of H. Moser's work leads to uncover certain features in the transformation of Bukhara Emir’s view on the wearing clothes which were considered luxurious at the time. The paper also reveals the features of the Uzbek-Tajik cultural symbiosis, which is reflected in the terminology that denoted items of clothing and weapons in the Bukhara oasis.

Keywords: Bukhara, clothing, material culture, weapons, museum collections, orientalism

For citation: Gafforova D.Kh. Odezhda i predmety vooruzheniya naseleniya Bukharskogo oazisa vo vtoroy polovine XIX veka v predstavleniyakh Anri Mozera [Clothing and Weapons of the Bukhara Oasis Population in the Second Half of the 19th Century in the Representations of Henry Moser]. Istoricheskaya etnologiya, 2021, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 82–95.


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About the author: Dilbar Kh. Gafforova, Master’s Degree (History), independent researcher (Tashkent, Uzbekistan);

Received September 23, 2020   Accepted for publication March 22, 2021

Published Online April 21, 2021