HUNTING AND GATHERING
China, Tibet and East Turkestan
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19. 
Tiger pelt pillow
Tibet
Circa 1850
56 x 48 cm (22 x 19 in.)


Colours: light yellow, black (2)
Condition: complete with Ming silk brocade at both ends. Very good pile overall with scattered areas of moth damage.
Notes: A very rare pillow, most probably used by a High Lama, with a tiger pelt design consisting of a pile rug joined in a cylindrical form, filled with straw and contained at both ends by a refined silk brocade from the Ming period. I am not aware of other examples of this type published in the literature.

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