Sumak bag face

Circa 1800
Moghan-Savalan plain, Northwest Persia
34 x 28 cm
1'1" x 11"

An early chanta bag face, which is the front of a small, personal bag, very finely woven with silk ground wefts. Here a central hexagon enclosing a stylised zoomorphic motif is surrounded by two different mirror image pairs of what appear as fertility figures. The ancient language displayed by some of these tribal objects imparts a truly archaic feeling to the composition, giving the impression being confronted with the earliest, purest form of a particular design.

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