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This chuval is not archaic period but it is a quite early one from the next or classic period.

The minor gol, which is of interest here, is the earliest and most articulated version of the four-box in a parallelogram format known. Unlike other later simpler versions, certain features like the vertical bar and horizontal arrows each box contains, the barber-pole colored hooks placed on the horizontal radial arms and the small semaphore-like triangles on the vertical demonstrate its superiority. Perhaps one day the archaic version will turn up, something this author has witnessed a number of times.

Regardless, this minor gol is rarely seen even in later weavings of any type, and might it be a later rendition of the four box icon in the radial arms of the chuval we previously discussed.

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illustration 20

The ancient silk textile illustrated to the left has the same four box encased in a parallelogram format. Like the gol the boxes have been divided into four quadrant which is a significant point of relationship. And although only two small fragments of the original remain the pseudo-grid-gol format, comprised of three rather than the usual two elements, is another recognizable trait they share. There is also an elem-like plant in the larger of the two fragments which sits on an original-finished edge validating comparison it is an earlier rendition of this icon and not the truncated part of some other design. Being on an edge of the textile augers well with placement these plant’s have on Turkmen chuval.

     
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