HUNTING AND GATHERING
China, Tibet and East Turkestan
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32. 
Rug fragment with snow lion
Tibet
Circa 1880
80 x 56 cm (31.5 x 22 in.)


Knot count: 10 H x 8 V = 80 kpsi
Colours: dark blue, light blue, green, light pink, light yellow, brown, ivory (7)
Condition: fragmentary, needs conservation at lower end, areas of moth damage at upper end. otherwise good pile overall. Sides and upper end originally conserved with a red velvet cloth.
Notes: A very archaic looking fragment dominated by a snow lion, the deity of the Tibetan mountains, symbol of boundless energy and fearlessness.
Published: D.Miller, Auspicious Carpets - Tibetan Rugs and Textiles, 2009, p. 113.

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