The Mystery of Central Asia – Calligraffiti by Vera DG

The Mystery of Central Asia is a new artwork by Vera DG. Vera used in this work the ancient inscriptions of the Turkic language which scientists called the Göktürk inscriptions.

The Mystery of Central Asia, 2020

When scientists discovered these inscriptions on the territory of Mongolia at the end of the 19th century, they thought that it was runes. But it turned out to be the ancient language of the Turkic Khaganate or Göktürk Khaganate, which was a khaganate established by the Ashina clan of the Göktürks in medieval Inner Asia.

The story of Göktürk Khaganate lasted from the 6th-13th century AD.

Secret letters of the ancient Turks

Monuments of the ancient Turkic runic writing discovered in
Southern Siberia, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan are exclusively
a foamy source on language, history, ethnogenesis, geography, spiritual culture, written tradition, beliefs and worldview of ancient Turkic tribes.

Stela with inscriptions in honor of the commander Tonyukuk, Mongolia

In 1889, an expedition was organized by the Russian scientist Nikolai Yadrintsev, who found runic memorials of the 7-8th century on the territory of Mongolia. Similar records dating back to the 9th century were found on the territory of the Uigur Khaganate and on the banks of the Yenisei River. And in 1893, the Danish philologist Wilhelm Thomsen deciphered this finding, first introducing the term “Turkish runes” or “runic forms”, by analogy with the German runes.

Decoding of ancient signs

Vera DG used fragments of inscriptions from the Tonyuk monument in her work, which tell about glorious campaigns and conquests, about life and death, about the worldview and beliefs of the ancient Turks.

It is worth noting that the ancient Turkic inscriptions are written and read from right to left. So the first circle from the center means:

The second circle of inscriptions on the painting means:

The meaning of the third layer:

The meaning of the fourth layer:

These are small fragments of phrases that form the idea of ​​the heroic epos of the ancient Türks. *

The outer ring of calligraphic work is an inscription in Latin

The inscription in Latin sounds like Vita brévis, ars lónga, that means “Life is shortArt eternal

Vera DG wrote a Latin expression in the Modern Calligraphic style of writing. A silver ornate line symbolizes luck and unexpected twists of fate.

In this multi-layered work, the artist used the skills of Gothic and Modern Calligraphic writing, free abstract calligraphy and Turkic runic writing. Also in the work used gold and silver 23 carats.

*All fragments of inscriptions of the ancient Turkic language are taken from the book


which was published in Russian in Alma-Ata in 2003.

All rights reserved © 2020 Vera DG

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