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A Shakhrisabz susani, Uzbekistan,
approximately 260 by 201cm., 8ft. 6in; 6ft. 7in.
first half 19th century
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Provenance

The Estate of Murad Megalli, sold Sotheby's London, 25 April 2012, Lot 678

Catalogue Note

See Sotheby's London, 6 November 2018, Lot 92 for a related susani. There is a beautiful example which compares to both this and the present lot in the M. H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, inv.no. L84.166.8; another in the Marshall collection, see Grube, E., Keshte Central Asian Embroideries The Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection, New York, 2003, pl. 15 and   another similar example cited in the same publication which is dated 1146 AH / 1734 AD,p. 6, fig. 19. There is also a comprehensive list of recorded examples in institutions within the Grube publication. 

"The incentive for this desirable group of susanis was set  when H. McCoy Jones acquired four pieces for the De Young Museum in San Francisco. Despite all flowery descriptions I am inclined to say that the position of the red roundels should be based on the Belt stars in the Orion constellation and refers to the heavenly scale. For this reason one would call in a kalamkar specialist to draw out the design on the background." (EH)

Arts of the Islamic World including Fine Rugs and Carpets

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