HUNTING AND GATHERING
China, Tibet and East Turkestan
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29. 
Meditation mat with archaic mandala
Tibet
Circa 1850
62 x 61 cm (24.5 x 24 in.)


Knot count: 6 H x 4 V = 24 kpsi
Colours: purple, coral, green, light blue, tan, dark brown, ivory (7)
Condition: good pile overall with minuscule areas of very slight wear. Original sides and ends.
Notes: Tibetan rugs with thick squarish knots and a brilliant palette are considered among the earliest, often referred to in Tibet as Gyantse. Here we see a centralised green archaic mandala on a purple background surrounded by stylised cloudbands. The silky Himalayan wool emphasizes the quasi-sculptural quality of the composition.

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