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5' 9" x 7' 5" (175cm x 226cm) 3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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QASHQAI SHEKARLU, Southwest Persian
5' 9" x 7' 5"
175cm x 226cm
3rd Quarter, 19th Century
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("New Arrivals Gallery") Offering adventurous archetypal forms and thrilling joie de vivre, this extraordinarily animated, early example from the Qashqai Shekarlu sub-tribe is a rare find that perfectly demonstrates the abundant creativity and joyful spontaneity of these nomadic weavers, and testifies to the mastery, artistic expression, and magnificent dyes that this weaving group was capable of. A dazzling assortment of archetypal hooked hexagonal rosettes, angular fronds, and simplified floral motifs are presented with exceptional balance. Its effusive energy is further enhanced by the dense scattering of diminutive totems, including three elusive tiger-striped zoomorphic figures, revealing an intimate connection with the nomadic cultural mindscape of its weaver.
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