218-11-- Rare Early Shahsavan Tribal Salt Bag cf., 19th cent

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218-11-- Rare Early Shahsavan Tribal Salt Bag cf., 19th cent

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SIZE
15 1/2 x 21 1/2 in

DESCRIPTION
Salt bags were used by tribal herders to compel their flocks to take in water. Nothing to do with cooking as some people think. The iconography on this suggests Shahsavan. However, most Shahsavan textiles are Soumak weave. This exceptionally fine slit tapestry weave is something more often see into the Caucasus. Further research recommended. Salt Bags are rare. To find one in pristine uncirculated condition is nothing short of a miracle. Perhaps a dowry piece?

CONDITION
Most of these things were well used by the people that made them. This one is dead mint because it was clearly never used. It must have been something highly coveted to have been so carefully curated.

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