1 foot 7 inches x 1 foot 9 inches
53 cm. x 54 cm.
Many of the twelve-soumak bags in this exhibition defines a specific design
type after which many other, later examples have been copied. Some were frequently
copied while others have very few imitators and although many of the descendant
later examples are beautiful and accomplished weavings in their own right many
important differences of materials, dyes and design become apparent when directly
compared with the prototype examples in this exhibit.
Here a seemingly simple but actually very sophisticated central medallion with
four bracket-like figures fills the central field of this soumak bag. Again
a small, secondary central medallion is present. This time, however, an usual
design of radiating concentric multi-colored diagonal squares appears there
with vertical and horizontal extensions, which continue into the larger central
medallion. The wide main border is another rarely encountered design and when
it is compared to the most probably later and somewhat degenerated version on
plate four, the contention, held by this writer and others, that this the earliest
known soumak bag of any design is aptly supported.
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