Items of ceremonial horse's gear: egret, sphere - like decoratioon for horse's tail, tassel. Tadjiks, Uzbeks. Bukhara. Late 19th - early 20th century.

Items of ceremonial horse's gear: egret, sphere - like decoratioon for horse's tail, tassel. Tadjiks, Uzbeks. Bukhara. Late 19th - early 20th century.

Making ceremonial horse riding harness was one of the traditional crafts in Central Asia. At that time Bukhara was the saddles producing center. Saddles were decorated with fine arabesque, golden and silver etched plates, gems and glass insets. Up to five craftsmen were involved in the work on only one item: a saddle maker, a smith, a draftsman, a goldsmith and a golden embroidery needle worker. As well as saddles goldsmiths also produced a decorations for the separate parts of ceremonial harness – golden balls (tail decorations), figured plates for the harness and decorations for the horse head.

 

These ceremonial pieces of horse harness were granted to the Russian Emperors by Emir of Bukhara Abdullakhad-Khan (1885 - 1910), who was the horse - fancier.