Tekke Turkmen Embroidery, Central Asia, 19th Century, 6.5” x 10” (actual size w/o mount)

An embroidered “flap” that would go over the top of a camel’s head to which would be attached an entire wedding trapping consisting of silk and cotton squares/diamonds sewn together to form a canopy of sorts over the back of the beast bearing a Turkmen bride’s wooden wedding litter in which she is sequestered.  En route to her new husband’s home, the wedding procession is a long celebrated affair and the primary animal bearing the bride is appropriately adorned. 

This is an extremely old and unusual example.  Later examples are numerous but early ones of this type are virtually unknown.  Unusually nice, the ‘quilted’ effect to the surface of the field is extremely rare.  It works quite effectively in contrast to the primary ‘tree’  motif.

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