A veritable bestiary of animals parades across this Shahsevan horse cover. Bactrian two-humped camels, peacocks, and several varieties of quadrupeds are drawn in a fantasy infused folk style against a rose-madder ground. Equestrianism was a vital skill for the nomadic pastoralists of Northwest Persia and the south Caucasus and key to their power. This cheerful flatwoven zili piece demonstrates the effort, care, and value that tribal weavers placed in domestic utilitarian weavings. Exhibited Bosporus to Sammarkand exhibition, Textile Museum, # 29
Shahsevan zili horse coverLate 19th C
- Being sold on behalf of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price
- 4' 0"
- 4' 10"
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