Note about the Persian Word Ḫargāh (Trellis Tent) in a Turko-Sogdian Context

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This article discusses the origin of the Persian word ḫargāh, which is used by medieval authors to speak of the trellis tent (yurt). It argues that the word xrγ’xh found in the Sogdian text P.3 written in pre-Samanid Central Asia refer to the same object. It also builds a case for a local origin of the word, and a probable link with kërëkü, the Turkic word referring to the same type of tent.

Note about the Persian Word Ḫargāh (Trellis Tent) in a Turko-Sogdian Context

in Eurasian Studies



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    Wooden structure of a trellis tent without the felt covering (after Andrews, Nomad Tent Types: i, pl. a2, reproduced with permission of the Author).

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    Detail of a Sogdian funerary relief (dated 557-581 ad), Miho Museum (after Stark, Alttürkenzeit).

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    Detail of a Sogdian funerary bed frame made for the sabao An Jia (d. 574 ad) (after Stark, Alttürkenzeit).

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    Detail of a drawing of a Sogdian funerary bed frame made for Wirkak (dated 580 ad) (after Junkai, Shi Jun Tomb, fig. 80).

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