A resident of the East Kazakhstan region Bolat Tabagay made a gigantic asyk as a gift to the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 and to the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. The sculpture consists of 50 thousand simple asyks -sheep astragalus bones. "Kazakhstanskaya Pravda" newspaper writes about it. It took the author six months to make a four meters long and three meters tall sculpture.
"I first washed each of the fifty thousand asyks, then dried them for two months and only then with the help of wire began assembling the “constructor”. This process took me two more months," Tagabay said.
The master dreams to give his creation to Nazarbayev and hopes that the asyk will decorate one of EXPO pavilions.
"It is necessary that the asyk be kept indoors. It will be possible to take photos and selfies on its background, and establish a small platform to play asyk next to it. My work should be of interest to foreign tourists interested in Kazakh traditions and customs,” the author is confident.
The edition notes that Bolat Tabagay is the Guinness record holder for the world's richest collection of such bones: in sixteen years he collected about 100 thousand asyks.
Asyks are the sheep astragalus or talus bones, which are used by the Turkic peoples for games and fortune-telling, and the wolf asyks are worn as amulets.
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