1 foot 11 inches x 2 feet
58 cm. x 61 cm.
No animals or stars have been included anywhere in the design of this soumak
bag, whose lattice field has octagonal compartments alternating with square
boxes. Each of the large over proportionalized hooked-designs which fill every
octagon encloses an enigmatic staff-like design and each square box contains
an oversized X. One clue, which may help to provenance this soumak, is the subtle
design similarity this bag face shares with plate three. Notice how the bottom
horizontal innermost minor border stripe extends past the vertical ones and
forms a platform or foot upon which the field design rests. This same feature
has been duplicated here implying the strong possibility that this design similarity
as well as those of wool quality and dyeing suggest that these examples were
both made by the same specific weaving group.
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