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Antique Khyzy mafrash (bedding bag) panel, late 19th century, Khyzy District (north west of Baku), Azerbaijan

Lot: 219
Tat Sumakh Mafrash Side Panel
Origin: South East Caucasus, Baku region
Size: 61 x 106 cm
Age: Late 19th century
Estimate: 1,200.00

A mafrash side panel in finely woven sumakh technique. The red and dark blue diagonal stripes contain dragon symbols stylised into S forms, while the field is covered with narrow white (cotton) dividing bands decorated with double S motifs. This mafrash was made by the Tat nomads inhabiting the Absheron peninsula. Damaged all around and somewhat reduced, signs of age and wear.

Rippon Boswell
Major Spring Auction
23. May 2009