The third stage of the 3rd Scientific Expedition of the Lublin University of Technology to Central Asia was the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan. Employees of the Institute of Computer Science – participants of the expedition, in the persons of prof. Jerzy Montusiewicz, dr inż. Marek Miłosz and dr inż. Jacek Kęsik, scanned stalactites – the ornaments of the apseal of Registan mosques and the costumes of the sovereigns of the nineteenth century states – khanats from Central Asia.
Stalactites are characteristic decorations of ceiling niches of Islamic culture, referring to stalactites in caves. They are related to the revelations of the Mohamed prophets, who obtained them while in the cave. Their design and decorating in Registan are unique on a global scale.
Scanning 3D robes of Bukhara’s emir and other elements of his outfit (turban, shoes) was a unique and experimental activity, due to the materials that were used to make them. Experts estimate that the gold thread used in the outfit weighs over 2.5 kg, and silver is much more.