Yomut asmalyk

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Condition Report

Loss of flatwoven end at bottom with later braid added.



4'6" x 2'10"

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Turkmen camel trappings with distinctive pendentive proportions, known as ‘asmalyks’ are thought to have been made as dowry pieces and were used during bridal processions. This Yomut asmalyk draws columns of abstract trees against alternating red and blue grounds. The vegetation depicted may have been used to convey notions of fertility or the tree of life but unusually, in relationship to the viewer, they seem drawn upside-down. Indeed, this seems to be the case with the vast majority if not all known examples of this design type. This example is particularly vibrant with excellent scale and larger proportions.