Images and propaganda
Our interpretations of the wall paintings from an Afrasiab palace room, commonly
(but misleading) called the
"hall of ambassadors", are based on the following assumptions:
||1. There is strong evidence that one of the main intentions of the painted
program originally was to reflect a specific historical situation. Therefore,
history as seen through Sogdhdian eyes, may be read from these murals.
2. We strongly reject all attempts for a general view of the paintings as merely
reflections or adaptions of artistic formulae developed in Chinese provincial
painting. This does not concern the fact that certainly, but only selective,
some strange formulae from several cultural areas have been used.
3. The images in room 1 of object 23 reflect the state ideology of
Samarqand's king Varxuman and they explicitely refer to historical events from
his reign as is indicated by the great inscription on the western wall.