Death of Mongol Emperor Tamerlane



18 February 1405

Tamerlane (8 April 1336 - 18 February 1405), originally known as Timur (meaning as much as "iron" in the extinct Chatagai language) founded the Timurid Empire and the Timurid dynasty. He conquered parts of Western, South and Central Asia. He was a controversial figure - for example, he claimed not to be a "man of blood" or an agressor, while his troops sacked the city of Aleppo. The Gur-e-Amir or Guri Amir in Samarkand, Uzbekistan serves as his mausoleum.

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    Gur-e Amir mausoleum,the tomb of Timur,1405

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    Tamerlane (Timur the Lame) and the five princes at a party. Timur the Lame, as he was lame after sustaining an injury in battle) (1336–February 1405) was a renowned 14th century Mongol conqueror, ruler of the Timurid Empire (1370–1405) in Central Asia, and founder of the Timurid dynasty, which survived until 1506. Around 1540-1560; Iran, Shiraz gouache and gold; 27cm x 19,30cm OA 7100a

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    Timur's envoy reading a letter to Sultan Bajezid, 1599. Bajezid on his throne, surrounded by Ottoman courtiers. From "Revzet us-safa" by Ali Ibn Mehmet ut-Tustari. ID: Or 5736, fol. f 172 verso.

    03-06-02/60

    Timur enthroned at Balkh, 1550. Timur (Tamerlane) is enthroned at Balkh,Afghanistan. Timur sits on a raised dais; people are visible through an arch, those inside sit cross-legged. The interior is decorated in the Islamic style, with floral patterns and tiling. From the "Timurnameh" by Abdullah Hatifi.

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    Astrologers casting horoscopes during the celebrations for the birth of Timur (1336). A miniature painting from a manuscript of Akbarnama. India; 17th century. The Akbarnama, which literally means History of Akbar, is a biographical account of Akbar, the third Mughal emperor, written in Persian. It includes vivid and detailed descriptions of his life and time.

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