Afshar bagface

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2'3" x 1'3"

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Using a distinctly Afshar palette that combines lighter tones with deep indigo, this saddle bag face draws a single central shield palmette surrounded by a series of freely drawn rosettes. Though derived from classical Persian palmettes, according to some authorities this particular palmette form was known by the Afshar as a “demon head”. Clearly, many rug ornaments changed meaning over time and this may be a prime example. The border draws a type of flowering plant seen exclusively among several south Persian nomadic groups, including the Luri and Qashqai.