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Gift of George and Marie Hecksher
For Tent & Trade: Masterpieces of Turkmen Weaving, 2007-2008
A heptagonal asamlyk with a red ground and a field design of repeating kockak crosses (29 total, complete and incomplete). The crosses are in two colorways and are arranged in alternate alignment to form diagonal rows. The left and right sides and the lower end have a polychrome naldag (horseshoe) main border and a narrow guard stripe with a red and ivory meander along along that also extends along the horizontal sections of the upper edge, which is reduced to a sawtooth in the triangular section at top. As of 2007, there are fewer than fifteen documented Ersari asmalyks. All are, like this example, heptagonal, most have a similar field design but with a beige or ivory ground. Only this example and one other in this design have a red ground. The red ground of this asmalyk and its width, relatively narrow in relation to most of the known examples, suggest that it is of an early date, probably late 18th or the first half of the 19th century.