12 June 2012

Something to Love in Kyrgyzstan a Day: Balbals

We were intrigued to learn about balbals the first time we came here.  Here's a good explanation of them, so read that if you want to know more, but in short, they are usually thought to be grave markers, nearly always male, the figure is often holding a bowl in his right hand, and they generally date from the second half of the first millennium AD.

There's a fairly large collection of these at Burana from all over northern Kyrgyzstan.  You can also see some balbals gathered in Bishkek, particularly around some of the museums downtown. Most of the photos here are from Burana in May of 2011, but some are from 2006 and from Bishkek.

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE those!
    Love them, love them, love them.
    I want to go to Kyrgyzstan just to see them.