Sumak saddlebag face

Circa 1870
Khamseh region, Northwest Persia
60 x 60 cm
1'11" x 1'11"

One of the characteristic types of sumak bags from the southern region of Khamseh, it almost invariably consists of a Memling gul enclosed within a square or an octagon, flanked top and bottom by an eight-pointed star. The abundant and exclusive use of cotton for the ivory provides an efficient contrast, highlighting both the central motif as well as the serrated star devices on the border.

Private Collection, Vienna

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