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Selected acquisitions of antique textile art
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33. 
Alg 2769/2770
A pair of khagangma
Tibet
circa 1900
92 x 90 cm (3 x 211)


Notes: asymmetrically Tibetan knotted silk pile on a cotton foundation
A possibly unique pair of silk meditation mats decorated by the so-called brocade square pattern, a design based on the patchwork of silk brocaded textiles. Here we see a pattern composed of three different brocade designs, framed by the pattern of the inner square, thus creating a pleasing three dimensional effect which can be fully visualized when joining the two mats close to each other.
Bibliography: D.K. Myers, Temple, Household, Horseback: Rugs of the Tibetan Plateau, Washington, D.C., 1984, pl. 61, p. 90.

 



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