19” x 19” (not including fringe)
2” hand-made twisted cotton fringe (2.75” of fringe missing from top corner)
Silk hand-embroidery on fine black velvet
Backed with Russian roller-printed printed cotton fabric
Good condition – some light fading to red embroidery
Lining print Illustrated in RUSSIAN TEXTILES page 120
Small embroideries like this are often called “mirror bags” (aina khalta).
Originally they were backed with a cloth pouch in order to hold a mirror or other small items. More recently, they were simply used as decorative hangings.
The central motif is a stylized sun disk; the four corner images represent rams’ horns that are talismanic emblems.
If you are interested in this wall hanging and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.