Illustrated by three beautiful photographs, this lively paper on the eminent scholar on the history and historical ethnography of Central Asia Ol’ga A. Sukhareva (1903-83) is based by the latter’s notes on her parents, her letters of the 1950s, and on recollections by her relatives, colleagues and students.  The author successively casts light on her childhood in Samarqand where she could witness the local life, her early vocation as an ethnographer and the beginning of her collection work at the age of fifteen, her graduation in the Central Asian State University (where she was a student of the outstanding orientalists A. A. Semionov and M. S. Andreev), and the earlier steps of her research career in the Samarqand Museum.  After her initial works on Central Asian embroidery and on pre-Islamic beliefs among the Tajiks of the plains, the author follows her move to Tashkent in 1946, and the development of her larger works on the history of Central Asian costume and on pre-Soviet Bukhara (on the city’s mahallas and gudhars in particular) through Russian and vernacular textual sources.

The Redaction
CER: I-1.2.B-68