Isfandiyar, Khan of the Russian Protectorate of Khorezm (Khiva), Full-Length Portrait in Uniform, Seated on Chair, Outdoors
This is a 1910 photograph of Asfandiyar-khan (Seid Isfandiyar Tyurya; 1871–1918), penultimate ruler of the Khanate of Khiva. Located largely in what is now Uzbekistan, the Khanate of Khiva existed within the ancient territory of Khwarezm from 1511 to 1920 under various dynasties descended from Genghis Khan. A campaign by General Konstantin von Kaufman in 1872–73 culminated in the conquest of Khiva on May 28, 1873, following which the khanate was granted status as a Russian protectorate. The khan wears a robe adapted to conform to his appointment as a general in the Russian army. Adorned with decorations, including the order and ribbon of Saint Anne, the robe conceals a traditional colorful garment of a Central Asian potentate. In the aftermath of the dissolution of the Russian Empire, the khan was killed by a rival in September 1918. The image is by Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944), who used a special color photography process to create a visual record of the Russian Empire in the early 20th century. Some of Prokudin-Gorskii’s photographs date from about 1905, but the bulk of his work is from between 1909 and 1915, when, with the support of Tsar Nicholas II and the Ministry of Transportation, he undertook extended trips through many different parts of the empire. Prokudin-Gorskii was particularly interested in recently acquired territories of the Russian Empire such as Turkestan.
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