Central Asian miniature painting was rather late to achieve recognition. True, some miniatures of the sixteenth century manuscripts copied in Bukhara are known to have been referred to as «Bukharan», but however, they were looked upon as the dying echo of the Herat school of the Timurid epoch, or as a provincial branch of Iran miniature painting.
It is but during the last quarter of the century that set right the important role of Central Asia in Oriental miniature painting. Thus the period contributed to man's knowledge of the main centers of miniatures, — i.e. Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent, — also, extended the chronological range of miniature painting from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century.