Turkmen Tent Band Fragment, Yomud (?) Tribe, Central Asia, 18th C., 1' 1" x 3' 1"

At first glance, this tent band might appear to just be "another one of those". But please bear with me as I go through the description because "one of those" it is not.

The simplicity of the drawing, when compared with other similar examples, becomes quite apparent. The width and breadth of the "branches" of what we often call trees are very boldly rendered as is the 'trunk' of the tree, which is much wider with bolder 'barber pole' stripes than we ever see in these bands.

The detailed use of color in the ribbon-like border is quite nice too, a spontaneous use of colors changing with no planning given to the color changes (see detail image below).

The anchor-like devices at both top and bottom are lovely as well, as is the 'rams horn' device see at both ends also.

There is a corrosive color used, a very sublte red color that is seen as large dots in all the branches that appear to NOT have this detail added. While the blue dots of the branches is very evident, this very subtle corrosive, possibly insect derived dye (lac?) is visible only in the correct light. It is most visible in the final detail images as the light hit it in such a way as to make it visible to the lens of the camera. Naturally, our eyes are more sensitive than the cameras we commonly use, so this color does show up in most light to the naked eye.

The band has been professionally mounted, sewn down onto an elegant linen cloth, stretched over a wooden frame and stapled down.



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