57” x 64”
Hand-embroidered cotton couching and chain stitch on cotton
Black cotton trim
Very good condition
Illustrated in SILK and COTTON, page 194
A traditional baby cradle (beshik) was crafted of wood with a horizontal turned handle. A mattress was laid in the cradle and after the baby was swaddled in, a cover (beshikpush) was draped over the top rail to keep out drafts, light, insects, and any jealous evil spirits.
The pattern on the cover was designed to conform to the cradle structure as seen in the photo of an Uzbek woman rocking a cradle with cover.
The bottom photograph from the Library of Congress, 1871-72, shows a cradle maker in the Samarkand bazaar.
If you are interested in this cradle cover and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.