Kyrgyz Ok Bosh, Wakhan Corridor (NE Afghanistan), late(?) 19th century, 1' 4" x 2' 9" (each)
The design pool evident in the felts attributed to the Kirghiz most closely resembles that seen in those felts from the Pazyryk tomb in the Altai Mtns, presently housed in Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Kirghiz aesthetic involves the masterful use of primary and reciprocal patterns, weaving the two into a dynamic composition.
The purpose of the ok bosh has yet to be satisfactorily explained and documented.
Conventional thought suggests these bags were made to cover the ends of the wooden poles of the yurt during migration. Clearly these bags are not large enough nor hardy enough to serve this purpose.
Ok bosh were undoubtedly made for a ceremonial purpose, possibly included in the wedding procession.
Price - $650 (for the pair) including domestic USA shipping
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