Tekke Turkmen ‘Amulet’, Central Asia, late 19th Century, 4” x 4”
These charming ‘amulets’ are composed of silk embroidery on a cotton ground. These embroideries are very special to the Tekke. Used in the midst of many undecorated squares (or diamonds, as they are sewn together) on the large camel trappings that cover the camels used in the wedding procession.
The designs are usually talismanic or fertility symbols, but ehre we see stars in a lattice, an unusual composition for these embroideries.
The condition is good, with no stains or repair. The colors are all derived from natural dyes.
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