Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam

ICOMOS (2002) Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam. [ICOMOS Evaluation]

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The Minaret of Jam is believed to have been built to commemorate a major victory of the sultans of the Ghurid Dynasty from western Afghanistan, which overthrew the Ghaznavid Empire, extensively conquering parts of northern India. Under the patronage of the Ghurid Dynasty the eastern Islamic world’s arts experienced a final flowering before being extinguished by the Mongol invasion. During the Ghurid Dynasty elaborate brick decoration was especially encouraged. This highly sophisticated craftsmanship was utilized on the surface of the Minaret of Jam and, even today, most of the exquisite lace-like brickwork which originally covered the Minaret in its entirety can be seen. This exceptional example of Islamic architectural decoration represents a peak of its form.

Le minaret de Jam fut édifié vraisemblablement pour commémorer la grande victoire des sultans de la dynastie des ghorides de l’Ouest de l’Afghanistan qui renversa l’empire Ghaznavide et fit la conquête de larges territoires du Nord de l’Inde. Sous le règne de la dynastie ghoride, les arts du monde islamique d’Orient connurent un ultime épanouissement avant de succomber devant l’invasion des Mongols. Sous la dynastie ghoride, les décors de briques sont particulièrement privilégiés. Cet art extrêmement raffiné fut utilisé sur la surface du minaret de Jam ; le travail exquis de la brique, pareil à de la dentelle, couvrait entièrement le minaret, et aujourd’hui il est encore visible. Cet exemple exceptionnel de décor architectural islamique marque l’apogée de cet art.

Item Type: ICOMOS Evaluation
Name of property (in English): Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam
Name of property (in French): Le minaret et les vestiges archéologiques de Jam
Corporate Authors: ICOMOS
Languages: French, English
Keywords: minaret; archaeological remains; islamic architecture; ICOMOS Evaluation; World Heritage List
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 10. Advisory body
B. ARCHAEOLOGY > 02. Archaeological site and remains
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
UNESCO WHC Number: 211
National Committee: ICOMOS
Number of Pages: 8
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2010 12:09
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:15
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/436

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